Mark Cavendish 'not thinking of Merckx's record' Tour de France stage wins

The Manxman told his old team boss Erik Zabel he is just focused on winning one more time

Mark Cavendish wins stage 14 of the Tour de France 2016 (Getty)

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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) is apparently not thinking about racing the Tour de France to surpass Eddy Merckx's stage win record, but just to win one more time.

Erik Zabel, winner of six green jerseys at the Tour, worked for team HTC-Highroad during the years when Mark Cavendish blossomed. Ahead of this year's race, he spoke with Cavendish about his future and Merckx's record.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.