Tour de France: Mark Cavendish takes 29th stage win

Tour de France: Mark Cavendish takes 29th stage win

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_90324226_tv033943839Mark Cavendish edged a thrilling sprint to win a 29th Tour de France stage, moving him outright second in the race’s all-time standings.

The Manxman beat Germany’s Marcel Kittel to the line during stage six to take him one above France’s five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault.

He is now five behind another five-time Tour winner, Eddy Merckx of Belgium.

Fellow Briton Dan McLay was third in a bunch sprint with Team Sky’s Chris Froome safely home in the peloton.

On a relatively flat stage from Arpajon-sur-Cere to Montauban, set up for sprinters, there was no great movement in the general classification as Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet remained in the yellow jersey.

The BMC rider still leads France’s Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick-Step) by five minutes and 11 seconds, with 2013 and 2015 champion Froome a further six seconds behind.
Cavendish beat Kittel (far right) and McLay (far left) but by less than a metreCavendish beat Kittel (far right) and McLay (far left) but by less than a metre