Opinion: Mark Cavendish and Astana have what it takes to win one more stage at the Tour de France

Astana and Cavendish must look to replicate 2023 Giro success to build form ready for July

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

The cat is finally out of the bag, with Mark Cavendish agreeing a contract extension at Astana Qazaqstan and deciding to continue racing in 2024.

His main aim is - as expected - to have one final crack at the Tour de France stage win record, which he currently holds jointly with Eddy Merckx on 34. With the form he has displayed at times this year, it’s possible to imagine him winning far more than just another Tour stage next summer.

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.