CAVENDISH TARGETS RECORD
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.