Tour de France 2021 today, stage 19: profile and route

"I suffered like a dog in the mountains to aspire to the solo record," says Cavendish, who can claim his 35th stage win at Libourne today.

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Mark Cavendish has the opportunity today to hold the record for the most stages won on the solo Tour. In Carcassonne he tied with Eddy Merckx at 34, which the Belgian did not like at all, who was dispatched at ease in interviews with the media in his country: "Very good, but Mark will never conquer five Tours or wear 96 days in yellow. I stayed 2,800 kilometers ahead of the peloton, he only gets headwind in the last six seconds. " In the event that the British sprinter surpasses the Cannibal, the anger seems assured: "I am like this, for better or for worse, and thanks to this character I won 525 races. Nobody comes close to my figures" .

The 207 km that join Mourenx with Libourne barely present a level of 4th category as difficulty. Cavendish thanks him: "After suffering like a dog to avoid the out-of-control in the Pyrenees, I needed a joy in the form of a flat day. Thanks to my guys from Deceuninck I am still on the Tour, dressed in green and with the option to compete two more volatas to expand my record. Without their support, the mountains would have killed me. " The 36-year-old sprinter from the Isle of Man ends his association with the Belgian squad on December 31, 2021. Despite accumulating nine wins this season, negotiations with Pat Lefevere will not be easy. The manager turned to Specialized sponsorship to pay for his token, and Cav has also not expressed his continuity intentions unequivocally.

In the fight for the green jersey, Cavendish leads the standings with 298 points, to 260 for Michael Matthews. Both seek to conquer the garment for the second time in Paris, although the Deceuninck train is too high a wall for the Australian in mass arrivals: "I will lean on Declercq, Devenyns, Cattaneo, Alaphilippe, Asgreen, Ballerini and Morkov, as up to now . For them I must finish and reach the record of 35 victories ".



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