Mark Cavendish wins the Tour de France green jersey

Mark Cavendish wins the Tour de France green jersey

Sunday 18 July 2021 - 20:39
Mark Cavendish wins the Tour de France green jersey

Mark Cavendish wins the Tour de France green jersey

Sunday 18 July 2021 - 20:39

Deceuninck – Quick-Step conclude the 108th edition with five stage victories.

Mark Cavendish capped off one of the most remarkable comebacks in sports history by taking home the Tour de France green jersey on the iconic Champs-Élysées at the end of an incredible three weeks that saw him score four wins and equal Eddy Merckx’s record of stage victories.

Coming into the race for the first time since 2018, the Manxman hit the ground running early, on stage 4, when he prevailed on the uphill finish in Fougères, before repeating just forty-eight hours later in Châteauroux, the site of his first ever Tour de France win. Valence and Carcassonne followed suit, by which point the 36-year-old had already asserted his dominance over the points classification.

Shepherded on the mountains by his Deceuninck – Quick-Step teammates, who turned themselves inside out to help him make the time cut, Cavendish survived the Vosges, the Alps and the Pyrenees and arrived safely in Paris, where he sprinted to a fifth top 3 finish at this edition and wrapped up the green jersey for the second time in his career, a decade after his first triumph in this classification.

“I’m very happy. One month ago I wasn’t supposed to do the Tour de France and now I am here, after three weeks that will live long in memory. I never imagined I would be again wearing green on the Champs-Élysées, but here I am, thanks to the amazing riders and staff of Deceuninck – Quick-Step. They were a big part of this success and together we’ve been through so many emotions.”

For me, to be back at this race that I love so much and do what I did was a dream.

“I am incredibly happy that I have my family here, as I haven’t seen them in the last five weeks and it feels great to share with all of them these unforgettable moments”, a smiling Mark said after a sparkling race that strengthened his legacy as the best sprinter in the history of the Tour de France.

One of the few squads to arrive in Paris with all eight riders, Deceuninck – Quick-Step wrote history by becoming the first team in the last 45 years to be in possession of the green jersey from the first until the last stage. World Champion Julian Alaphilippe held it for three days following his superb opening day victory in Landerneau, before Cavendish took it over at the end of stage four.

The Wolfpack – which continues to be the most successful World Tour team of the season – leaves the Grande Boucle with the points jersey, a day in yellow, five stage victories, a total of nine podiums and Mattia Cattaneo’s solid 12th place in the general classification, made even more impressive by the fact it was the Italian’s first presence here.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:39:37
2 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
3 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
4 Luka Mezgec
Team BikeExchange
0:00
5 André Greipel
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
6 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
7 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
0:00
8 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
9 Cyril Barthe
0:00
10 Max Walscheid
Team Qhubeka NextHash
0:00
42 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
79 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
106 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:39
123 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:30
124 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:56
135 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:29
138 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:24
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
82:56:36
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:20
3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
7:03
4 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
10:02
5 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
10:13
6 Enric Mas Nicolau
Movistar Team
11:43
7 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana - Premier Tech
12:23
8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
15:33
9 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
16:04
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
18:34
12 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:58
30 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:43:06
64 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:43:41
108 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:35:13
135 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:20:49
138 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:32:45
139 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:34:14
141 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:01:09
1 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
337 pt
2 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
291 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
227 pt
4 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
216 pt
5 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
171 pt
6 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
163 pt
7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
163 pt
8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
154 pt
9 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
124 pt
10 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
103 pt
14 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
85 pt
19 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
66 pt
26 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
58 pt
82 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
107 pt
2 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
88 pt
3 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
82 pt
4 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
68 pt
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
66 pt
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
56 pt
7 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
44 pt
8 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
41 pt
9 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
41 pt
10 Anthony Perez
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
37 pt
16 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
19 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
43 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
82:56:36
2 Jonas Vingegaard Rasmussen
Team Jumbo-Visma
5:20
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
21:50
4 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
39:09
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education - Nippo
1:09:16
6 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
2:11:39
7 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
2:13:33
8 Mark Donovan
Team DSM
2:17:40
9 Jonas Rutsch
EF Education - Nippo
2:29:33
10 Brent Van Moer
Lotto Soudal
2:43:49
1 Bahrain - Victorious 249:16:47
2 EF Education - Nippo 19:12
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:11:35
4 INEOS Grenadiers 1:27:10
5 AG2R Citroën Team 1:31:54
6 BORA - hansgrohe 1:36:44
7 Trek - Segafredo 1:47:04
8 Astana - Premier Tech 2:01:45
9 Movistar Team 2:04:28
10 UAE-Team Emirates 2:38:08

Top results

1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:39:37
2 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
3 Mark Cavendish
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
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