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Mark Cavendish has equalled Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage wins record, when the British sprinter claimed his 34th victory on stage 13 of the 2021 edition heading into Carcassonne.
Cavendish claimed his fourth win of the 2021 Tour de France on Friday afternoon – his 34th overall – in the green jersey, signifying the best sprinter in the race.
The Manx Missile took his first stage victory in 2008, however, before 2021, he hadn't won a stage since 2016.
Cavendish has now equalled Eddy Merckx's record – who is widely regarded as the greatest cyclist ever – which was set in 1975.
The 36-year-old finished Gent-Wevelgem, in late 2020, tears revealing he was out of contract in the winter, and he didn't have a team for next season.
However, Cavendish has rediscovered his form after moving to Belgian outfit Deceuninck-QuickStep.
He has also been forced to take time away from the sport after two separate battles with the Epstein–Barr virus in 2017 and 2018.
Cavendish was a surprise addition to the Deceuninck-QuickStep Tour de France roster, and he was only included after an injury to his teammate Sam Bennett.
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The sprinter could yet surpass Merckx's record, with two more sprint stages on the horizon before the race rolls into Paris next Sunday.
Tadej Pogacar remains top of the general classification, and the defending champion looks set to claim his second victory in as many years.
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