IN PICTURES. Tour de France: the day Mark Cavendish won his second sprint on the Grande Boucle in Toulouse

IN PICTURES. Tour de France: the day Mark Cavendish won his second sprint on the Grande Boucle in Toulouse
IN PICTURES. Tour de France: the day Mark Cavendish won his second sprint on the Grande Boucle in Toulouse

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The pink city saw the triumph of the British legend in 2008, now the record holder for victories in the biggest race in the world since this Wednesday, July 3.

Mark Cavendish entered a little more into the history of the Tour de France this Wednesday, July 3. By winning the fifth stage of the 111th edition of the Grande Boucle, he broke Eddy Merckx’s record for victories in the race. He has 35 victories between 2008 and 2024. Among these sprints won, eight were in Occitanie. The first of these, the second in Cavendish’s history on the Tour de France, was in Toulouse.

Mark Cavendish had raised his arms in the pink city in a stage between Figeac and Toulouse on July 12, 2008. At the time, the Briton was considered a future great talent, aged only 23. He was part of the Columbia team, with which he had won four victories in the 2008 edition of the Grande Boucle.

Under the Toulouse rain, Cavendish raises two fingers to signify his two victories since the start of the 2008 edition.
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Proud, the young cyclist, 23 years old at the time, celebrates his second victory of his career in the Tour de France.
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The winner of the day poses on the podium of the pink city.
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A rider for the Columbia team, “Cav” is establishing himself as the new prodigy of world sprinting.
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After the podium, the Briton greets the Secretary of State for Sports Bernard Laporte (left), the Mayor of Toulouse Pierre Cohen (middle) and the President of the region Martin Malvy (right).
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