Cavendish surpasses Merckx’s great record!

3 July 2024. The day when Mark Cavendish sprinted towards history. In Saint Vulvas, the British rider became the cyclist with the most victories in 11 editions of the Tour of France surpassing the 35 triumphs of the cannibal, Eddy Merckx.

Surely it was not the most spectacular triumph of his career, yes the most decisive. After announcing that he was retiring in Giro 2023 and breaking his collarbone in the subsequent Tour, Cavs decided to extend his career for one more season in the weak Astana. A bet agreed upon by the team management that now becomes a winner. Without a doubt.

The sprint was chaotic, a scenario in which the Isle of Man has never hidden. Van der Poel stuck out his elbow to place Philipsen who lost his wheel but did the rest, Mads Pedersen went to the ground and Cavendish found a highway on the left which led you directly to the story. To add greater epic to his feat, the cyclist broke the chain in full effort and entered the finish line with it hanging.

17 years winning

On July 9, 2008, a Mark Cavendish, who played for Team Columbia, beat Óscar Freire and Erik Zabel in Chateauroux. There began to be written a legend that he found in the 2005 and 2016 editions, both with four victories, the most prolific Tours of a career that in all competitions amasses a total of 165 wins with a brutal triple crown: 35 wins in the Tour, 17 in the Giro and three in Lavuelta.

Pogacar saves half Tour

The stage went smoothly. Two cyclists from Lyon on the run, Alpecin controlling the issue, pleasant weather… until there were 58 left to go. Tadej Pogacar, the yellow jersey, hit a defense protecting a signal that was on an island. The Slovenian grabbed the yellow in Vallorie, but saved half the Tour by avoiding the fall.

As a result of the impact, Pogacar leaned on Pello Bilbao, whom he threw to the ground. Along with him, Mohoric, Nelson Oliveira, Gregor Mühlberger, Sébastien Grignard and Jonas Rickaert fell to the ground. Everyone was able to continue without any apparent problems. With 25 minutes left, the European champion, Christophe Laportewho already had to withdraw from the Giro due to an accident, crashed into another signal he was receiving on an island.

The general classification remains intact, with Tadej Pogacar commanding, before facing the sixth stage this Thursday: 177.4 flat kilometers between Macon – Dijon ideal for the sprinters to shine again in a more than likely volata finish. The favorites, for their part, will continue to stretch their legs before Friday’s momentous time trial.


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