When Mark Cavendish won stage 12 of the 2010 Vuelta a Espana he became only the second British rider to take individual stage wins at all three grand tours.

Robert Millar, the Glasgow-born climber, won stages at the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana in the 1980s.

Cavendish, from the Isle of Man, netted the stage win in Lleida on Thursday, September 9, as he seeks to prepare for the World Championships in October.

Robert Millar’s five grand tour stages
1983 Tour de France – Bagnères de Luchon
1984 Tour de France – Guzet Neige
1986 Vuelta a Espana – Lagos de Covadonga
1987 Giro d’Italia – Pila
1989 Tour de France – Superbagnères

Mark Cavendish’s 20 grand tour stages
2008 Giro d’Italia – Lungomare and Citadella
2008 Tour de France – Chateauroux, Toulouse, Narbonne and Nimes
2009 Giro d’Italia – Milan, Arenzano and Florence
2009 Tour de France – Brignoles, La Grande-Motte, Issoudun, St Fargeau, Aubenas and Paris
2010 Tour de France – Montargis, Gueugnon, Bourg-les-Valence, Bordeaux and Paris
2010 Vuelta a Espana – Lleida, Burgos

Related link
From Robinson to Cavendish – Every British grand tour stage winner
Vuelta a Espana 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index

  • Tom

    I’d like to bet on him winning – try getting odds though……

  • Ken Evans

    Cav has also worn leader’s jerseys, such as in Giro.

    As long as he avoids injury,
    he could become one of the successful riders of all time.

    He might be world road champ, and win more classics.
    I would not bet against it !

  • Harry

    No he didn’t. Cavendish won THREE stages of the 2009 Giro. Columbia won the team time trial as well but that doesn’t count as an individual win.

  • Geoge

    Cav won four stages in the 2009 Giro.

  • ManxDavid

    Good luck Cav!

    An amazing record already in Le Tour – but it would be even better to become the first Manx rider to win in all 3 grand tours.

    Also great to see Peter Kennaugh tackling his first ever grand tour in Spain. Two Manx riders in one grand tour – who would have ever thought that likely to happen?