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Mark Cavendish wins his 34th Tour de France stage


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I know that cycling does not get followed much but today was real history Mark Cavendish equalled the all time record stage wins in the Tour de France . Given that two weeks before the start he was not even due to be there this is huge . There is still a chance that he can beat that before the Tour finishes and it seems to have been missed . This is a wonderful story and shows huge spirit to never give up and not to let others make you believe that you are finished until you decide that yourself. Mark Cavendish you are a real legend.

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Couldnt agree more. I enjoy following the tour on t.v. every year & love the coverage letting you have a nosey (by helicopter) of the amazing landscape.  What Cavendish has achieved is truly remarkable. He will always be remembered as one of the all time greats of the tour.   It's such a ball breaking event his achievements are huge considering he's a cycling old boy at 36.   If he breaks Merckx record on Sunday in Paris they will have to make a movie about his life. He is a true sporting great.

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Mark is also amazing in that he has almost always finished the Tour from start to finish despite often being in huge difficulties on the mountain stages . Many sprinters like Chippolini only raced for the early sprints then left the race . Mark has always had huge respect for the Tour at a time before the UK had any interest and the number of UK cyclists involved was very small . He is without any doubt the greatest sprinter to grace the Tour and I doubt that his record will be matched or beaten for many years to come , along with Lewis Hamilton he has risen to the peak of his specialised profession .

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The overall record of 35 wins was just out of grasp , his lead in man couldn't help out so Mark had to go solo in the final Km , beaten half a bike length . Won the Green Jersey for the Tour's top sprinter though and with four stage wins a great achievement .

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It was a shame he didnt win but he will always be part of cycling history. Think Van Aert was motivated to maintain his fellow countrymans place in cycling folklore too.  Covid has completely turned how things usually pan out on its head hasnt it.

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Not to forget he was also world road champion.

Although his record stage wins in the Tour is remarkable it really can't be compared to Eddy Merckx, who holds the now joint record with Cavendish as Merckx won both mountain stages and time trials and was the overall winner of the Tour numerous times.

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As with all things Mark Cavendish it is never anything but dramatic . This Tour has been a triumph for him and as you say he is now part of history and silenced all those who said he was finished. However it does leave it hanging out there that if his team tell him that they will take him next year to the Tour provided he trains and performs well beforehand then why not next year ? He only need one more stage and if his form can be maintained or better still with a proper training regime for next year is better than this year perhaps more wins are possible . I think that Mark would be loath to walk away from the Tour now and just settle for what he has done after coming so close , however the choice may well not be in his hands . Me I would just like to see him be given a real chance at getting himself fully fit and conditioned for next year and then see were things go .

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Mark Cavendish performing well at the tour, in what was nothing less than fairytale stuff, was my antidote at the time to (imo) the worlds most overhyped (overpaid) and boring sport - football. 

It can’t be argued that he is the greatest Tour de France rider, as he has never won the event, that accolade surely lies with Merckx - He is most certainly however the greatest sprinter of all time and given the opportunity (health permitting) I have no doubt he will exceed Merckx’s record for stage wins next year. 

What’s impressive is that he has such respect for the tour that he seems to be universally loved by both fans and competitors, the complete opposite of the likes of Froome for example. 

Admittedly that could also be because he’s from the Isle Of Man rather than (the universally hated by everyone else in the world - quite possibly with good reason) England.

Sports personality of the year for me. 

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6 hours ago, b1u3print said:

Mark Cavendish performing well at the tour, in what was nothing less than fairytale stuff, was my antidote at the time to (imo) the worlds most overhyped (overpaid) and boring sport - football. 

It can’t be argued that he is the greatest Tour de France rider, as he has never won the event, that accolade surely lies with Merckx - He is most certainly however the greatest sprinter of all time and given the opportunity (health permitting) I have no doubt he will exceed Merckx’s record for stage wins next year. 

What’s impressive is that he has such respect for the tour that he seems to be universally loved by both fans and competitors, the complete opposite of the likes of Froome for example. 

Admittedly that could also be because he’s from the Isle Of Man rather than (the universally hated by everyone else in the world - quite possibly with good reason) England.

Sports personality of the year for me. 

The TdF and professional road cycling in general is a competition to flummox, best, kerfuffle and deceive the anti-doping agencies. As overhyped and overpaid as footballers are, their performance strategies aren't planned and implemented in the laboratory. 

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2 hours ago, myles said:

The TdF and professional road cycling in general is a competition to flummox, best, kerfuffle and deceive the anti-doping agencies. As overhyped and overpaid as footballers are, their performance strategies aren't planned and implemented in the laboratory. 

Even making the assumption that all of that is true…

It doesn’t make Cavendish’s achievement any the less impressive.

Whatever the competitors are (or are not) doing, no doubt it is done (or not done) throughout the field. 

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57 minutes ago, b1u3print said:

Even making the assumption that all of that is true…

It doesn’t make Cavendish’s achievement any the less impressive.

Whatever the competitors are (or are not) doing, no doubt it is done (or not done) throughout the field. 

You are right about Cavendish - the guy is a machine. My comments aren't assumptions though - the recent history of the sport has shown time and time again how it's a battle of man against man, and teams against WADA etc. It has an awful rep which sadly bleeds through to the good guys like Cavendish.

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