Tour de France: Mark Cavendish survives Luz Ardiden with two chances to beat Merckx's record

Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on stage 18 at the Tour de France
Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on stage 18 at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-QuickStep) may have finished last on the final stage in the Pyrenees at this year’s Tour de France but that mattered little when he finally crossed the line over 32 minutes down on stage 18 winner and race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates).

All that mattered for Cavendish was that he had made the time cut and survived over the final mountains. 

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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.