'Don’t say the name!' Mark Cavendish plays it cool as Merckx’s Tour de France record edges closer

Tour de France 2021 - 108th Edition - 6th stage Tours - Chateauroux 160,4 km - 01/07/2021 - Mark Cavendish (GBR - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 6, his second victory of 2021 Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

There was an air inevitability about it but with Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) winning stage 6 of the Tour de France and enjoying victory in Châteauroux for the third time his career, the Manxman edged even closer to Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France wins.

Cavendish is now on 32 stage wins, a huge tally in itself, but he jokingly played down the growing expectancy on his shoulders at the end of stage 6 when he was asked the question about the Belgian rider’s record. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.