'I had fire in my eyes': Mark Cavendish returns to Tour de France glory...just don't ask about the Merckx record

Happy, fast, emotional, combative and winning bike races, the Manxman climbs back to the top of cycling

Mark Cavendish
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With 10km to go of stage four, Mark Cavendish thought his chance had gone, that Brent Van Moer's one-minute advantage was too great to close, especially with all the general classification teams getting in the way, positioning themselves on the front out of harm's way as the peloton rushed down narrow roads but not contributing to the chase.

The plan they had that morning for the second sprint stage of the Tour de France had gone out the window, stress mounting. Davide Ballerini broke a spoke in the closing kilometres, the world champion and green jersey Julian Alaphilippe chipping in to help position Cavendish, before Michael Mørkøv threaded the final needle to deliver his sprinter to the front of proceedings.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.