Mark Cavendish survives time cut on hardest Tour de France stage so far

SAINTLARYSOULAN COL DU PORTET FRANCE JULY 14 Mark Cavendish of The United Kingdom and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Green Points Jersey at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 17 a 1784km stage from Muret to SaintLarySoulan Col du Portet 2215m LeTour TDF2021 on July 14 2021 in SaintLarySoulan Col du Portet France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finishes stage 17 of the Tour de France atop the Col du Portet (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) put in another dogged display to once again survived the time cut on another brutal day in the Tour de France mountains.

The British rider, who has already won four stages in this year’s race, and has drawn level with Eddy Merckx for the all-time record of 34 stage wins, finished stage 17 from Muret to the Col du Portet over half an hour down on the winner but a full five minutes inside the time-cut.

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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.