December 3, 2023

Cavendish denies Tower de France stage record title Tour de France

Mark Cavendish failed to break Eddie Merckex’s long-standing record of 34 career wins after being stamped out by van der Ert in the final of the Tour de France in the Champs-Elysees.

It was widely expected that Cavendish would break Merck’s record with his fifth win in the Champs-Elyses and the 35th round of his career, but Belgian national champion Van Eirt beat Saint Emilion in Saturday’s time trial, leading Sprint to the third victory of the tour.

Tadej Bokakar, who is proud to be the youngest rider to win the tour at the age of 22, crossed the line safely to secure his second consecutive overall title for the UAE team since winning it last year.

Despite failing to add to his previous four wins in the French capital, Cavendish has completed a remarkable comeback, equaling Merckex’s stage-winning record and taking the Green Points jersey for the second time in his career. After winning for the first time since 2016 at Foucault, he then went on to have three stage wins, namely Satarooks, Valence and Carcassonne.

The quartet of that success took him with five-time Tour winner Merkex, now 76, who has won multiple titles multiple times. Cavendish’s points also marked victory in the statistical classification, which he won a decade ago for the first time, a second time, but for that he suffered through the Alps and the Pyrenees.

Quick guide

Marc Cavendish’s 34 won the Tour de France stage



  • Level 5 – Solitaire to Chatterbox
  • Level 8 – Fig. For Toulouse
  • Level 12 – From Lovelanet to Norfone
  • Level 13 – From Norphone to Nomes


  • Level 2 – From Monaco to Brignols
  • Level 3 – From Marseille to La Grande-Mote
  • Level 10 – Limousines for Isoton
  • Level 11 – From Vathan to Saint-Forgio
  • Level 19 – From Porcoin-Jalliu to Apenas
  • Level 21 – Monterey-Fault-Yon to Paris (Champs-Elysees)


  • Level 5 – Épernay to Montargis
  • Level 6 – From Montreux to Quijnon
  • Level 11 – Cistern First Bork-Los-Valence
  • Level 18 – From Salis-de-Born to Bordeaux
  • Level 20 – Longjumio to Paris (Champs-Elysees)


  • Level 5 – From Corhaix to Cape Frehall
  • Level 7 – Le Mans to Chatterjee
  • Level 11 – Play-less-mines for Laver
  • Level 15 – Limox to Montpellier
  • Level 21 – Gretel to Paris (Champs-Elysees)


  • Level 2 – Wis (Belgium) to Tornai (Belgium)
  • Level 18 – Blacknock to Prive-la-Gaillarde
  • Level 20 – Ramboulette to Paris (Champs-Elysees)


  • Level 5 – From Cognes-sur-Mer to Marseille
  • Level 13 – Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrand


  • Level 7 – Liveroot to Fukares


  • Level 1 – Mont Saint-Michael to Utah Beach (Saint-Mary-to-Mont)
  • Level 3 – From Cranville to Anger
  • Level 6 – From Arbazon-sur-Gore to Montaban
  • Level 14 – Montalimer to Willers-less-Tombs (Bird Park)


  • Step 4 – Repeat for Foucault
  • Level 6 – Chattanooga Tours
  • Level 10 – From Albertville to Valence
  • Level 13 – Nomes to Carcassonne

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“I was afraid he would not come to Paris,” said his sprint lead man Michael Morkov. “I doubted he would pass [mountain[ stages but he was really strong.”

“He was never supposed to do the Tour, so to come here, the hardest race of the year with some of the hardest mountains, I have huge respect for him. We stayed with him, paced him through, and I am really proud of what he did and how hard he [worked]. ”