Breakaway denies Cavendish a chance to equal Tour de France stage record in Nîmes

Mark Cavendish of Deceuninck-QuickStep in Green Points Jersey at start of stage 12
Mark Cavendish of Deceuninck-QuickStep in Green Points Jersey at start of stage 12 (Image credit: Getty Images)

In the end, Mark Cavendish won the Tour de France bunch sprint on the Avenue Allende in Nîmes but the prize was an extra brace of points towards his green jersey rather than a record-equalling 34th stage victory.

A breakaway of 13 riders had already fought out stage honours a quarter of an hour before Cavendish reached Nîmes but the Manxman evinced no disappointment at a sprint opportunity passing him by. High speeds, exposed terrain and heavy roads meant that stage 12 was always likely to lean towards the escapees, and so it proved.

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