MARK CAVENDISH’S 12 YEARS AT THE TOUR

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2007 STAGE WINS: 0

Cavendish makes his Tour de­but at the age of 22 for T!Mo­bile. He "inds the go­ing rough, and early crashes thwart his am­bi­tions. He pulls out on stage 8, his best plac­ing ninth.

2008 STAGE WINS: 4

Takes a few days to get up and run­ning but takes four stages, start­ing on stage 5. He gets through the Pyre­nees but pulls out be­fore the Alps, to pre­pare for the Bei­jing Olympics.

2009 STAGE WINS: 6

His best-ever Tour. Starts win­ning early, on stage 2, then adds "ive more wins. The high­light is the mid­dle moun­tain stage to Aube­nas, capped by a one-two with Mark Renshaw in Paris.

2010 STAGE WINS: 5

A slow start has tongues wag­ging among Tour fol­low­ers, but he takes an emo­tional irst stage win on day six. Sub­se­quently wins ev­ery time he is sprint­ing for irst place.

2011 STAGE WINS: 5

An­other quin­tet of wins, plus the green jer­sey in Paris. For the irst time, he is out­sprinted in a head-to-head for irst place, by An­dré Greipel in Car­maux, but is oth­er­wise un­beat­able.

2012 STAGE WINS: 3

Rides in the rain­bow jer­sey for Team Sky, but the team’s GC aims mean his sprint­ing is not a pri­or­ity. Still takes three stage wins, in­clud­ing two in the last three days.

2013 STAGE WINS: 2

A se­ri­ous ri­val ap­pears in the form of Mar­cel Kit­tel, who wins four stages. Cavendish wins two, in­clud­ing a spec­tac­u­lar cross­wind am­bush in Saint-Amand-Mon­trond.

2014 STAGE WINS: 0

Draws a blank at the Tour for the irst time since 2007. Hardly sur­pris­ing, since he crashed out on the open­ing stage. In his ab­sence, Kit­tel takes an­other four wins.

2015 STAGE WINS: 1

An­other year, an­other dom­i­nant Ger­man. This time Greipel is the best at the Tour, tak­ing four wins. Cavendish wins once, in Fougères at the end of the irst week.

2016 STAGE WINS: 4

Cavendish roars back into con­tention, win­ning stage 1 and tak­ing his irst ever yel­low jer­sey, then an­other three stages by the Alps. Pulls out to fo­cus on his bid for Olympic glory.

2017 STAGE WINS: 0

Be­hind in his prepa­ra­tion ow­ing to Ep­stein-Barr, Cavendish hopes to ride into form through the Tour. But he is crashed out in an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Peter Sa­gan in Vit­tel on stage 4.

2018 STAGE WINS: 0

Cavendish is not at peak form after an­other spring hit by Ep­stein-Barr. His best in­ish is eighth on stage 8, be­fore he is elim­i­nated, along with many sprint­ers, in the Alps.

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