In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Twenty-nine at the line! Cavendish surpasses Hinault, slots into second in all-time Tour stage wins; Giro Rosa Round-up: Stevens wins atop Madonna della Guardia, Guarnier is back in pink; Sterbini soloes to Austria stage victory; Von Hoff sprints to stage win in Sibiu Cycling Tour; Tour leader Van Avermaet on taking yellow: ‘I think it’s once in a lifetime for me’; Holm: ‘If Dan Martin doesn’t finish top ten I’ll cut off his ears’; How Greg Henderson went beyond the call of duty to make Tour de France team; Rights groups urge sponsors not to back Bahrain WorldTour team; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; 19-year-old suspended for EPO use; British Cycling and Cycling UK call for more land access for bikes; Cyclocosm’s How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 1-5; Mara Abbott on the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 5 on-board highlights; Tour de France rider quiz: Who’s the grumpiest rider?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 1; Alaphilippe pulls one of the oldest tricks in the book
Daily News Digest
The “Manx Missile,” Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), made it a hat-trick of wins at the 2016 Tour de France on Thursday, beating out Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) and Tour rookie Dan Mclay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) to win Stage 6 in Montauban.
Cavendish, 31, continues to turn back the years and with this victory he has now surpassed Frenchman Bernard Hinault for sole position of second place on the all-time Tour stage win list. As Cavendish’s Tour stage wins came fewer and far between in recent years, it appeared Eddy Merckx’s win total of 34 would be a tough feat to match for the rider from the Isle of Man. However his uptick in speed at this year’s race has put Merckx’s record back on the table.
A tricky final three kilometres, which featured three roundabouts, created a disorganized run-in and saw several different leadout trains lead the peloton into the finish. Katusha and LottoNL-Jumbo powered the peloton with Kittel and Cavendish seen a bit far down in the peloton. The two perennial sprinters showered their experience though and got into position near the front with 500 metres remaining.
Kittel launched first and Cavendish followed, the two going shoulder-to-shoulder down the center of the road. The Dimension Data rider proved to be the strongest and was able to out-kick the German to capture Tour stage win number 29.
“Today I sprinted like in the old days,” Cavendish said. “I stayed safe in the fast long run-in. It was slightly downhill. I needed to do the right thing. I agree with [Dimension Data performance manager] Rolf Aldag when he says that my return to the track has helped me take the split-second decisions. He has been part of my team’s staff almost my entire career. He listens to me, solves the problems. He knows how it works. He knows how to support someone. Him and [directeur sportif] Roger Hammond are the most formidable managers to make decisions. My wins don’t happen ‘like that.’ They come from a plan we get each day.”
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Today’s feature image comes from stage five of the Tour de France.