Mark Cavendish, wearing the green jersey in the points classification, has strengthened his status a little more by winning for the fourth time since leaving Brest, thirteen years after his first victories in the Tour. It equals the record of 34 successes on the Great Loop of the legendary Eddy Merckx.
In Carcassonne, the Isle of Man native beat his teammate, Dane Michael Morkov, who did not seem to be pushing to the line. Belgian Jasper Philipsen took third place. Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE) kept the yellow jersey after this transition stage in Languedoc.
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In the stage of some 220 kilometers, starting from Nîmes, the Briton benefited from the work of his team who controlled the race. The Belgian formation locked the peloton first behind three riders, the French Pierre Latour, the Israeli Omer Goldstein and the American Sean Bennett, then in the final.
Three withdrawals after a fall
The Deceuninck, helped on occasion by the Alpecin team of Belgian Jasper Philipsen, let the trio escape from the 27e kilometer within five minutes. Without taking the slightest risk since it approached 2 minutes, 100 kilometers from the finish. Goldstein and Latour, the last to hold on, were picked up as they approached the last 50 kilometers shortly after a massive crash that knocked over twenty runners to the ground and caused three withdrawals (Roger Kluge, Simon Yates, Lucas Hamilton) .
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As the final approached, Quentin Pacher tried his luck alone, in the 45 kilometers. The French resisted until 19 kilometers.
Saturday, the 14the stage is aimed at backpackers between Carcassonne and Quillan, in the upper valley of the Aude. The 183.7 kilometer course includes five climbs or passes in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
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