Merckx: "Cavendish only has Paris left to beat me"

The Belgian greeted the Briton at the start of Mourenx and congratulated him on the tie at 34 stages won on the Tour, but he liked that Mohoric won.

Merckx:-"Cavendish-only-has-Paris-left-to-beat-me"

The 207 flat kilometers between Mourenx and Libourne meant the ideal opportunity for Mark Cavendish to break the record he shares with Eddy Merckx for the most stages won on the Tour, with 34. The Belgian, present at the race, approached the start to chat with the British. They merged into a hug and shared words, the closest thing the sprinter will get from the Cannibal in terms of public recognition. "He told me that he was glad that we equaled at the top of the number of victories, and I replied that he will always be the best cyclist in history," said Cav at the finish line. Merckx did not hide his feelings when Matej Mohoric finished the escape: “One less chance for Mark, although the Champs Elysees are still missing” .

Cavendish has four wins at the close of the Tour in Paris, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012: “I can't imagine a better scenario in the event of overtaking. I know that arrival very well and of course I would love to surpass Eddy and own the solo record. Also, I trust my guys at Deceuninck. " The Belgian team neglected to catch the escapees on the way to Libourne when one of their runners, Davide Ballerini, leaked. “He deserved to aspire to individual success after all he worked for me. Besides, no squad takes as much responsibility as we do to hunt down the cuts that are produced, I see no harm in taking a day off after the efforts of the Pyrenees. ”

The day did serve for the sprinter of the Isle of Man to leave the classification of the green jersey seen for judgment. Now he has 304 points, against 269 for Michael Matthews. “With fighting in the volata and controlling the intermission, I think it will be enough. It would be a dream to celebrate my second green jersey (he already did it in 2011) and the 35th victory on the Champs Elysees ”, concluded the 36-year-old cyclist, who for the moment does not think about retirement or talk about 2022.



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