Tour de France 2021 today, stage 21: profile and route

Mark Cavendish has a double objective on the Champs-Elysées: his second green jersey and being the most stage rider on the solo Tour, with 35.


Mark Cavendish and Eddy Merckx remember Ilsa and Rick in Casablanca when they talk about "having Paris left." While the Briton refers with hope to the Champs Elysees, where he has won four times, the Belgian evokes them with nostalgia, because he never won there (this final was established in 1975), and pessimism. The 2021 Tour ends today in the French capital, and the Deceuninck sprinter has the opportunity to win his second green jersey and to hold the solo record for the most stages on the Grande Boucle. Both tie at 34.

Merckx raves about Tadej Pogacar, whom he considers "the best of the new generation of runners and a fierce competitor", but simply congratulates Cavendish for matching his numbers and leaves errands every time he comes across a mic: " He achieved my figures only in 100 meters of effort, nothing to do with me. But we both have 34 wins and he aspires to 35 in Paris, what are we going to do ".

The Isle of Man sprinter broke free in Carcassonne, when he set the tables, and until that day he was humble and polite, but he goes back to his old ways. Before taking the start of Matchday 19 at Mourenx, where he hugged and chatted with Merckx, he yelled at one of his team's mechanics. According to him, the bike was not "perfect". The nerves to overcome the record are noticeable, and that on the way to Libourne finished the escape.

Cavendish turned to Instagram to apologize to the assistant and ensure that he hopes to "successfully close" his participation in the gala round, which he rebounded due to Sam Bennett's injury, after two seasons without raising his arms, injured and depressed: "I feel my attitude and I intend to compensate it with a victory, to show that the key to Deceuninck is that we form a family and that the boys take good care of me."

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