MONTAUBAN, France, (Reuters) – Mark Cavendish further cemented his status as the Tour de France’s greatest sprinter when the Briton claimed his 29th career win in the sixth stage yesterday.
The 31-year-old Dimension Data team rider surged ahead in the final straight and held off the charge of German Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step), who finished second. Another Briton, Dan McLay (Fortuneo Vital Concept) took third place.
Manx Missile Cavendish has now won half of the stages in this year’s race, having managed only one last year. Belgian Greg van Avermaet (BMC) had a quiet day in the peloton to retain the overall leader’s yellow jersey as did defending champion and favourite Chris Froome (Team Sky).