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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?
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?