Mark Cavendish sits up and raises his hands as he wins a record-setting 35th Tour de France stage. His mouth is open wide in a euphoric shout.

TdF stage 5 report: Cavendish gets his record-setting win

Mark Cavendish takes his 35th career stage victory at the Tour de France.

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by Dane Cash 03.07.2024 Photography by
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Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan) now stands alone among Tour de France stage winners. The 39-year-old Manxman sprinted to his 35th career Tour stage win on Wednesday’s stage 5, putting him ahead of Eddy Merckx with a new record for all-time stage wins at the Tour.

Cavendish deftly navigated a messy bunch kick in Saint-Vulbas, launching off of the wheel of Pascal Ackermann (Israel-Premier Tech) with 150 meters to go. He quickly surged to the front and held off Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceunick) and Alexander Kristoff (Uno-X Mobility) to take a convincing victory.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) finished safely in the peloton to maintain his grip on the overall lead.



How it happened

“The boys improvised and got me there in the best position and I shot onto whatever train was going.”

—Mark Cavendish after his win

Brief analysis

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Stage 6 will take the peloton 163.5 km from Mâcon to Dijon and since a Cat 4 just 10 km into the stage is the only categorized climb of the day, it should be another opportunity for the sprinters. After a roundabout just inside the final kilometer, they will have a straight run to the line for the last several hundred meters. The speeds will be high.

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