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Should Cavendish Go To The Tour?

Should Mark Cavendish Go To The Tour de France?

May 6, 2021

Does Mark Cavendish still have a shot at breaking Eddy Merckx's record? If he doesn't go to the Tour de France this year, certainly not. Is it worth trying?

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Mark Cavendish has won 30 stages of the Tour de France. The great Eddy Merckx holds the record at 34. For many years, Cavendish was nearly unbeatable in a bunch sprint, so much so that it seemed inevitable that the stage win record would be broken.

However, Cavendish's career tanked in recent years. Numerous crashes shook his confidence, while a drawn out battle with Epstein–Barr virus kept Cavendish from winning a single race for over three years.

That changed this year. Cavendish is back to winning with Deceuninck – Quick Step. His victories at the Tour of Turkey are far from a Tour de France win, but his progress in a few short months at Deceuninck – Quick Step is undeniable. Should the sprinting great be given a start at the Tour?