Five talking points from stage 13 of the Tour de France 2021

Cavendish makes history as he moves closer to winning green again

Mark Cavendish
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Cavendish equals Eddy Merckx's record

He has hated the apparent relentless nature of the questioning for so many years, but on Friday, July 9, 2021, Mark Cavendish finally gave a definitive answer to the question: “Can you equal Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour de France stage wins?”

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.