Mark Cavendish 'in shock' at 'toughest' Tour de France route

Astana Qazaqstan rider will have to tackle "hard" race if he wants to break the stage win record

Mark Cavendish watches the route presentation of the 2024 Tour de France
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If he is to break Eddy Merckx's Tour de France stage win record next year, Mark Cavendish will have to tackle the "toughest course" he has ever seen.

The Astana Qazaqstan rider was present at the Palais des Congrès on Wednesday to watch the 2024 Tour de France route presentation, and appeared to be caught out by just how difficult the parcours are.

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