Hinault and Merckx praise Cavendish for his Tour de France stage victories

After equalling Bernard Hinault's total of 28 Tour de France victories in Angers, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) refuted any comparisons with the five-time race winner but proudly shook hands with the Frenchman on the podium, who congratulated him and encouraged him to go on to beat all-time stage winner Eddy Merckx, who won 34 stages during his incredible career.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.