Lefevere: Mark Cavendish is the same rider as before but less stressed

Mark Cavendish wins stage 13 at the Tour de France
Mark Cavendish wins stage 13 at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Publicly, at least, Mark Cavendish has insisted throughout this Tour de France that talk of matching Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins was verboten. In private, however, he may have allowed himself to dream.

Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Davide Ballerini suggested as much when he paused in the mixed zone on the Boulevard Barbès in Carcassonne minutes after Cavendish had claimed his fourth stage victory of this Tour to equal Merckx’s record.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.