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Mark Cavendish: The Greatest Sprinter ever

With 1km to go, Brent Van Moer who was in the days breakaway still had 10 seconds on the Peloton, however time was almost up. He rounded the final corner with the sprint trains bearing down, and everyone, including him knew his chance at the day was over. The sprinters then opened up with their sprints and the romance of the Tour took over. The cameras zeroed in on Mark Cavendish, the winningest sprinter in tour history with 30 victories to his name. He is second only to Eddy Merckx who has the title of greatest Tour cyclist ever. Cavendish is without a victory at the Tour for 5 years, and he had come to this Tour just for the experience, with the knowledge his invite could end anytime.

One thing that was sure on 29/06/2021 with the finish in Fourgeres in Brittany, Mark Cavendish would not be denied!

The man affectionately know as the Manx Missile opened up his sprint like it has done thousands of times in his career, he manoeuvred himself to the front and the Missile was launched. By the time he crossed the line it was a formality, Mark Cavendish had won his 31st Tour stage and he had done it by dominating the field. History is written by the winners, and Cav is far from done with his story.

Image Credit – Belfast Telegraph

The commentary team said it best when they confirmed what we all just watched, Mark Cavendish, is without equal. He is the greatest sprinter ever in the sport, he is without equal and he is not quite finished yet.

Entering stage 5, he has the win at the Tour that has been missing for 5 years, he is in green and he is officially back!

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Tour de France: Rest Day 1 Jersey Round up. - Undrafted - The Network 5th July 2021 at 5:55 pm

[…] these words. ‘Mark Cavendish is back’. I am a huge Mark Cavendish fan, as you can see here but even myself as one of his biggest supporters thought it could be the end of the road for the […]

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Tour de France 2021: Post Mortem - Undrafted - The Network 18th July 2021 at 7:57 pm

[…] He only equalled the record, with Wout Van Aert playing spoilers in Paris, but let’s track back for a moment here. He only EQUALLED the record, that means he is now on par with Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist in the history of cycling. Both now have 34 wins at the Tour de France, which is almost impossible. Before the start of the this Tour, Cavendish was not even on the start list, without a win in 3 years and nothing on the Tour for 5 years, the race for the record was over. A miracle inclusion, 4 victories and a Green Jersey, Cav is back! […]

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