And three for Mark Cavendish! The Briton from the Deceuninck team has won his third massive sprint since the start of the Tour de France on Tuesday 6 July, in the 10th stage, at the finish in Valence.
Cavendish won for the 33e times of his career in the Tour. He is only one length behind the record for 34 stage victories for Eddy Merckx, acquired between 1969 and 1975. Four massive sprints are still possible in this Tour so that the native of the Isle of Man can match or go beyond the Belgian cycling legend, the next of which is set for Thursday in Nîmes.
→ PORTRAIT. Tour de France 2021: the third hour of Mark Cavendish
Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE) kept the yellow jersey the day after the rest day in the Alps and on the eve of the double ascent of Mont Ventoux. In Valence, Cavendish, masterfully led by his team-mates, beat the Belgians Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen, who returned late. Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni took fourth place.
The breakaway had a weak lead
In this 190.7 kilometer long stage, a duo that left shortly after the start, the Belgian Tosh van der Sande and the Canadian Hugo Houle, opened the road until the last hour of the race. His lead, usually less than two minutes, was checked by the Cavendish team before Houle continued the effort until 36 kilometers from the finish.
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In the final, the peloton was several times in single file, under the effect of the side wind and the battering of several formations (Deceuninck, Bora). He ended up breaking before the last 10 kilometers to let the sprinters decide. Pogacar, trapped for a moment, easily returned to the front during one of the running moves.
Wednesday, the 11e The stage starts from Sorgues (Vaucluse) and climbs Mont Ventoux twice, the first time by Sault on the side, a second time by the classic climb from Bédoin on the southern slope. But the finish is judged this time in Malaucène, at the bottom of the 22 kilometer descent.
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