'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win

Mark Cavendish celebrates his record-breaking 35th stage victory on stage 5 of the 2024 Tour de France
Mark Cavendish celebrates his record-breaking 35th stage victory on stage 5 of the 2024 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

To paraphrase the 2011 baseball film Moneyball, 'It's hard not to be romantic about cycling'. A full 17 years after first turning a pedal in anger at the Tour de France, and having, just in the past three years, battled through illness, crashes, and non-selection, Mark Cavendish has claimed the all-time Tour de France stage win record.

For nigh on half a century, Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stages stood untouchable at the top of the pile, with Bernard Hinault on 28 the only rider to make it vaguely close to the Belgian's mammoth total.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

 

Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.

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