Tour de France | Cavendish wins for 35th time, makes history

British cyclist Mark Cavendish has made history after winning the fifth stage of the Tour de France. For bicycleson Wednesday, in the Alps, achieving a record 35th victory.

With this victory, Cavendish broke the world record partnership with Belgian Eddy Merckx, which had stood since 1975, noting that he equaled it in 2021.

Cavendish finished last year’s Tour after being taken away in an ambulance following a crash.

Cavendish achieves unprecedented achievement

The Briton achieved his fourth victory in the Tour de France in 2021, when he equalled Merckx’s record, with the “Quick Step” team.

“This is my 15th Tour de France and it took a lot to get here and stay fit every year,” the British cyclist said after his win.

Cavendish did not forget those who supported him until he succeeded in achieving this achievement, as he said: “I am surrounded by amazing people and I owe them a lot.”

It is worth noting that the Briton had failed to achieve his 35th victory on the Champs-Elysees after finishing second, and then he was not selected for the 2022 Tour and the Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen was chosen instead of him in the team.

Denmark's Vingegaard and Slovenian Tadej Pogacar with Britain's Adam Yates One One winwin Getty

Cavendish joined Astana in 2023 before being persuaded to sign a one-year extension for this season.

Two-time Tour champion Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia still leads the overall standings in the yellow jersey, while Belgian Remco Evenepoel holds second place, 45 seconds behind, and current champion Jonas Vingaard of Denmark is third, 50 seconds behind.

Top 5 rankings of the fourth stage of the Tour de France

1- British Mark Cavendish – 4.08.24 hours

2- Belgian Jasper Philipsen – same time

3- Norwegian Alexander Kristoff – same time

4- Belgian Arnaud de Lais – same time

5- Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen – same time

Top five overall:

1- Slovenian Tadej Pogacar – 23.15.24 hours

2- Belgian Remco Evenepoel – 45 seconds behind

3- Denmark’s Jonas Vingaard – 50 seconds behind

4- Spain’s Juan Ayuso – 1.10 minutes behind

5- Slovenian Primoz Roglic – 1.14 minutes behind

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