Mark Cavendish breaks the Tour de France record with his 35th stage win, surpassing Eddy Merckx.

Mark Cavendish Shatters Tour de France Record with 35 Stage Wins

Mark Cavendish Breaks Tour de France Record for Stage Wins at Age 39

At 39 years old, Mark Cavendish has surpassed Eddy Merckx to achieve a historic milestone in the Tour de France. The British cyclist from the Isle of Man secured his 35th stage victory in Saint-Vulbas, eastern France, breaking the long-standing record. Cavendish had previously leveled with Belgian great Eddy Merckx on 34 victories.

“I’m in a bit of disbelief,” said the 39-year-old Astana-Qazaqstan rider shortly after his win. “Astana put a big gamble on this year, to make sure we got here, the Tour de France. A big gamble to come here and win at least one stage, you know? You have to go all in and, yeah, we’ve done it.”

Cavendish’s victory is even more remarkable considering his recent struggles. He crashed out of last year’s Tour, which he had said would be his last, breaking his collarbone. Just four days ago, he struggled in the heat of a punishing opening stage out of Florence, vomiting on the bike. Two days ago, he missed the opportunity to contest stage three after being caught behind a late crash in Turin.

Cavendish’s triumph is a testament to his resilience and determination, marking a significant moment in cycling history.