Manxman Mark Cavendish scored his third stage victory Tuesday at the Tour de France, taking stage 10 at Valence in a race to the finish line.
It was the 33rd stage victory of Cavendish’s race, as he edged out Belgians Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen, who finished second and third, respectively, on the 190.7-kilometer flat stage that began in Albertville.
“Old school, ordinary, as you read in a cycling magazine, a textbook,” Cavendish, 36, said after the finish. “We put the guys in front and shot as fast as they could so that no one can get close and try to pass at the finish.”
An interview with the 🇮🇲 “Manx Missile” after the victory in Valence
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He is one behind the Tour de France career record of 34 stage wins held by Belgian Eddy Merckx.
Cavendish extended his lead in the green jersey points standings to 59 seconds over Australian Michael Matthews. Defending champion Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia retained the yellow jersey as overall leader.
Stage 11 on Wednesday runs 198.9 kilometers from Sorgues to Malaucene. The 21-stage course is scheduled to conclude on July 18 in Paris.
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