Mark Cavendish misses out on breaking Eddy Merckx's record for the most Tour de France stage wins

Tour de France 2021 - 108th Edition - 19th stage Mourenx - Libourne 207 km - 16/07/2021 - Mark Cavendish (GBR - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - Eddy Merckx - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021
Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) with Eddy Merckx at the start of stage 19 in Mourenx (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Deceuninck-QuickStep sprinter Mark Cavendish was unable to make history and break Eddy Merckx's long-standing record for the most Tour de France stage wins. For this year, at least.

The British rider, who came into the stage tied on 34 stage wins with Merckx was beaten to the line by Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen in Paris. However, Cavendish's third place was enough to secure his second green jersey. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at 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.