Where Mark Cavendish won his 34 Tour de France stages

Britain's Mark Cavendish has now won 34 stages of the Tour de France, putting him equal in the all time winners list alongside Eddy Merckx and making him the race's most successful sprinter

Mark Cavendish wins stage four of the 2021 Tour de France
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Mark Cavendish equaled Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage winning record when he took his 34th victory in Carcassonne today. The Manxman started winning at the Tour in 2008 at Chateauroux, and 13 years later, having made a sensational comeback, he rode in to the history books. He has long been the race's greatest ever sprinter, now he is one of the events greatest riders. 

For the first six years of his Tour presence he was the dominant sprinter at the race, but after a short resurgence in 2016 when he won three stages riding for Dimension Data, had endured a fallow period due to illness. He missed the 2019 and 2020 editions and during this time admitted himself he may never return to the race that has captivated him since he was a child. 

Then this year he was selected for the race with less than a week to go after Sam Bennett succumbed to a knee injury and then embarked on an incredible comeback that no one expected. Not even him. 

We decided to plot all of his 34 wins on a map. Click on each one and for a brief description and link to our original report.

Mark Cavendish's Tour de France stages wins


1. Chateauroux. July 7, 2008 Team Columbia (23)
2. Toulouse, July 12, 2008 Team Columbia (23)
3. Narbonne, July 17, 2008 Team Columbia (23)
4. Nimes, July 18, 2008 Team Columbia (23)
5. Brignoles, July 5, 2009 Team Columbia - HTC (24)
6. La Grand-Motte, July 6, 2009 Team Columbia - HTC (24)
7. Issoudun, July 14, 2009 Team Columbia - HTC (24)
8. Saint-Fargeau, July 15, 2009 Team Columbia - HTC (24)
9. Aubenas, July 24, 2009 Team Columbia - HTC (24)
10. Paris, Champs-Élysées, July 26, 2009 Team Columbia - HTC (24)
11. Montargis, July 8, 2010 Team HTC - Columbia (25) 
12. Gueugnon, July 9, 2010 Team HTC - Columbia (25) 
13. Bourg-Lés-Valence, July 15, 2010 Team HTC - Columbia (25) 
14. Bordeaux, July 23, 2010 Team HTC - Columbia (25) 
15. Paris, Champs-Élysées, July 25, 2010 Team HTC - Columbia (25)
16. Cap Fréhel, July 6, 2011 HTC - Highroad (26)
17. Châteauroux, July 8, 2011 HTC - Highroad (26)
18. Lavaur, July 13, 2011 HTC - Highroad (26)
19. Montpellier, July 17, 2011 HTC - Highroad (26)
20. Paris, Champs-Élysées, July 24, 2011 HTC - Highroad (26)
21. Tournai (Bel), July 2, 2012 Team Sky (27)
22. Brive-la-Gaillarde, July 20, 2012 Team Sky (27)
23. Paris, Champs-Élysées, July 22, 2012 Team Sky (27)
24. Marseille, July 3, 2013 OmegaPharma - Quickstep (28)
25. Saint-Amand-Montrond, July 12, 2013 OmegaPharma - Quickstep (28)
26. Fougéres, July 10, 2015 Etixx - Quick Step (30)
27. Utah Beach, July 2, 2016 Dimension Data (31)
28. Angers, July 4, 2016 Dimension Data (31)
29. Montuban, July 7, 2016 Dimension Data (31)
30. Villard-les-Dombes Parc Oiseaux, July 16, 2016 Dimension Data (31)
31. Fougéres, June 29, 2021 Deceuninck Quick-Step (36)
32. Châteauroux, July 1, 2021 Deceuninck Quick-Step (36)
33. Valence, July 6, 2021 Deceuninck Quick-Step (36)
34. Carcassonne, July 9, 2021 Deceuninck Quick-Step (36)
Cavendish's age at the time of the victory in brackets.

Tour de France riders with the most stage wins

=1. Eddy Merckx (Bel) 34
=1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) 34*
3. Bernhard Hinault (Fra) 28
4. André Leducq (Fra) 25
5. André Darrigade (Fra) 22
6. Nicolas Frantz (Lux) 20
7. François Faber (Lux) 19
8. Jean Alavoine (Fra) 17
=9. Jacques Anquetil (Fra) 16
=9. René Le Greves (Fra) 16
=9. Charles Pelissier (Fra) 16
*Denotes current rider

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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