British veteran Mark Cavendish, 36, is two wins away from the record set in the name of Belgian legend Eddie Merckx in the number of victories in a stage of the Tour de France, after winning the 160-km sixth stage in his favour, while Dutchman Matteo Van Paul took the lead in the general standings and the yellow jersey.
And the victory in one of the stages is the thirty-second for Cavendish, compared to 34 for Merckx, who achieved his achievement more than half a century ago.
Cavendish was asked after the race about the record and he replied: I don’t want to think about it, I want to win stage after stage, if I can win new stages, I will do it.
Cavendish advanced on Belgian Jasper Philipsen and French Nasser Bouhani
Cavendish had also won the fourth stage, knowing that he had missed the competition for five years, and Britain’s Mark Cavendish came in the lead with a time of 36. 17.3 hours, followed by Belgian Jasper Philipsen, French Nasser Bouhani, French Arnaud Demar, and Slovakian Peter Segan at the same time.
The Dutchman, Matteo van der Poel, continued in the top five in the overall standings with a total time of 20.09.17 hours, followed by Slovenian Tade Bogachar by 8 seconds, then Belgium Vot van Aert by 31 seconds, French Julian Alaphilippe by 48 seconds, and Kazakhstan’s Alexei Lutsenko A difference of 21. 1 minutes.
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