Mark Cavendish still determined to break Eddy Merckx' Tour de France record
Jul 27 2017 01:51 pm CET

Mark Cavendish still determined to break Eddy Merckx' Tour de France record

British sprinter Mark Cavendish is still determined to break Eddy Merckx' record of most stages won in the Tour de France, despite crashing out of this year's edition in the fourth stage.

The Dimension Data rider crashed in the infamous incident with Peter Sagan, which got the World Champion disqualified and left Cavendish with a broken shoulder.

"The stage I crashed in, I’m still pretty confident I would have won it," Cavendish told newspaper The Times in an interview. "I believe I’m the best and I believe I will be for a fair few more years. It’s given me the confidence to keep going."

The 32-year-old, who won the Green Jersey of the Tour de France in 2011, took a total of 30 stage victories between 2008 and 2016. This leaves him at four stage wins from five-times Tour de France champion Eddy Merckx.

"People would argue that I only win sprint days so (Merckx') mountain days mean more. That’s uneducated in my opinion, but a number is a number and it gives me a target. I’d almost run out of targets, and that’s a target I can realistically think about," he said.

In a 2016 interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Merckx himself did say that there was a difference. "There is no point in making comparisons. I won stages because I needed them to win the Tour. It was very different," he said at the time.
Photo of Mark Cavendish by Jens Herrndorff for Team Dimension Data.



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