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Mark Cavendish will tar­get Eddy Mer­ckx’s Tour de France record of stage wins as he spear­heads the Di­men­sion Data team’s chal­lenge along­side com­pa­triot Stephen Cum­mings. Cavendish, 32, is just four wins away from equalling Tour de France great Mer­ckx’s record of 34 stage wins. Sprint spe­cial­ist Cavendish has just one stage win this year in the Tour of Abu Dhabi in Fe­bru­ary. The rider from the Isle of Man was side­lined with glan­du­lar fever and only re­turned to com­pe­ti­tion mid-June. This year’s tour starts in the Ger­man city of Dus­sel­dorf on Satur­day.

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