Cycling world reacts to Mark Cavendish's 34th Tour de France stage win

The plaudits are coming in from current and old stars of the sport

Mark Cavendish
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Following Mark Cavendish's historic 34th stage win at the Tour de France, the cycling world has been quick to laud the achievement of the Briton.

Cavendish sprinted to his fourth stage success of this year's race in Carcassonne on Friday afternoon to equal Eddy Merckx's long-standing record of 34 stage wins in the race.

Immediately after the race his Deceuninck - Quick Step teammate Michael Morkov called the accomplishment "amazing" and "special", while social media exploded with congratulations flowing in for the 36-year-old.

One of the first to react was young British star Jake Stewart who grew up with Cavendish acting as his hero and inspiration.

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Tom Pidcock was once one of the young fans that Cavendish has been inspiring for almost 15 years.

2012 Tour champion Bradley Wiggins met his former teammate and close friend after the stage.

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Cavendish's Deceuninck - Quick Ste teammate Iljo Keisse showed that he is just as handy on Photoshop as he is winning 6-day track meetings.

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The man who has been closest to beating Cavendish in this year's Tour has his say.

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British Cycling didn't hide their allegiances, celebrating Cavendish's latest triumph.

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The Tour got in on the act, too, producing a side-by-side photo of the two joint record-holders.

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Whatever Keisse can do on his computer, Specialized can do bett... ah, well, it made us chuckle. 

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Michael Kwiatkowski called Cavendish's record-equalling win incredible.

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It wasn't just the world of cycling getting involved: former rugby star and BBC broadcaster Brian Moore believes the achievement should be measured on par with England's success at the Euro 2020 football tournament.

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Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.