Mark Cavendish confirmed for his final Tour de France as he hunts stage win record

Astana Qazaqstan head to Bilbao with squad split between sprints and general classification

Mark Cavendish wins stage 21 of the 2023 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Getty Images)

One opportunity. One clear path to the line. One stage win. That's all Mark Cavendish needs at his final Tour de France to take the all-time record for stage wins at the race, a record that was set in 1975 by Eddy Merckx.

No pressure, then. Cavendish will ride his last Tour - his 14th - for Astana Qazaqstan, the team announced on Monday afternoon, along with a squad that is split between helping him win that crucial stage and targeting general classification. The Manxman is retiring at the end of the season, and will hope to win his 35th stage at the Tour.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.