Cavendish: "I didn't do anything in particular, just 150 meters"

The Briton, who achieved his third victory on this Tour and his 33rd overall, fell within one of the all-time record held by Eddy Merckx: 34.


Mark Cavendish raised his arms in the three sprints he disputed in this 2021 Tour. Those three triumphs allow him to stay one of Eddy Merckx's all-time stage record in the French round, which he owns with 34. He also lacks one to tie with Tadej Pogacar as top scorer of the season, eight to nine. More numbers: No one 36 or older scored a hat-trick on the same grand tour, just him. And what does all this mean for the British? "Crazy" .

A Cavendish will still be missing four chances in foreseeable volatas to aspire to equal or exceed records: Nîmes, Carcassonne, Libourne and Paris. Because, although he still does not comment on Merckx and its 34 victories, in the intermediate sprint he did not put in to save for the arrival of Valence: “When we draw, if in the end I get it, we will talk long and hard. Meanwhile, I only have words of thanks for Deceuninck and my colleagues. ”

Without success in 2019, in his last campaign with Dimension Data (for which he signed after leaving the Quick Step structure in 2016), and in 2020, with Bahrain, Pat Lefevere re-caught him with the help of the Belgian squad's bike supplier , Specialized. "I do not distribute alms", he repeats in each interview in which he is asked about the sprinter: "There are your results." Cavendish was humbled by the media: “We knew this finale well, we knew we had to take that last turn broadly to keep up. It's thanks to my guys, I didn't do anything in particular, just the last 150 meters. In 2015 Greipel beat me, in 2021 I won. ”

Regarding his pitchers, he reviewed his merits: “I feel humbled. I have the victor of Flanders (Asgreen); the world champion, who wore the yellow jersey (Alaphilippe); Michael Morkov, world and European gold on the track; and the winner of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Ballerini), who one by one is killed for me, as in Tignes. Remato for them ”. His target also extends the income in the classification of the green jersey: 218 points, by 159 of Matthews. “I would like to wear the second one for my collection in Paris” .

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