Mark Cavendish pocketed a 33rd Tour de France phase earn in expert vogue in Valance, closing to within one of Eddie Merckx’s all-time record.
The resurgent sprint fantastic claimed his 3rd acquire of this year’s race and was swift to pay back tribute to the direct-out do the job of his Deceuninck-Fast-Action group, who still left him in key posture to see off Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen with 150 metres to go.
Cavendish has prolonged his advantage more than Michael Matthews in the details classification to 59 and, provided the 36-year-aged emerges from the Alps unscathed, he will have the tantalising prospect of pulling stage with Merckx in Paris when the Tour concludes on July 18.
“It was an outdated-college, operate-of-the-mill, like you read through in the biking publications, textbook direct-out,” Cavendish stated. “Just getting the lads on the entrance, pull as quick as they can so no a single can appear previous you.
“We knew this end, I failed to make it the previous time we came below in 2015, I obtained dropped, but we studied it and we realized if we took that last corner huge, we could keep the velocity up.
“I’m just humbled. I have bought the winner of the Tour of Flanders [Kasper Asgreen], the globe winner who’s been in the yellow jersey here [Julian Alaphilippe], Michael Morkov, who’s going to the Olympics to try to acquire the Madison, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner [Davide Ballerini] leaving all the things on the road for me.
“I just had to complete it off. I’m grateful to all of them. I didn’t have to do nearly anything – just the last 150 metres. I’m grateful to absolutely everyone.”
A stage that was generally a person for the sprinters to focus on intended, as predicted, there was no adjust in the standard classification photo, with Tadej Pogacar retaining his two minutes and 1 next lead around Ben O’Connor.
Stage End result
1. Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Swift-Phase) 4:14:07
2. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
3. Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix)
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Group Arkea-Samsic)
5. Michael Matthews (Staff BikeExchange)
1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Group Emirates) 38:25:17
2. Ben O’Connor (AG2R La Mondiale) +2:01
3. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education and learning To start with) +5:18
1. Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Fast-Action) 218
2. Michael Matthews (Staff BikeExchange) 159
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) 136
King of the Mountains
1. Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) 50
2. Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) 42
3. Wouter Poels (Bahrain Victorious) 39
What is following?
Pogacar has the possibility to definitively stamp his authority all over this year’s race all through Wednesday’s 198.9 kilometre phase from Sorgues to Malaucene, which options a double ascent of the infamously challenging Mont Ventoux.