Tour de France 2021: Mark Cavendish claims first stage victory since 2016 after sprint finish

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Britain’s Mark Cavendish won his first stage at the Tour de France in five years after a thrilling sprint finale to stage four in Brittany.

Cavendish produced a stunning sprint to finish ahead of Nacer Bouhanni and Jasper Philipsen.

Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

The win came at the end of a race which featured a riders’ protest after Monday’s crash-affected stage three.

Geraint Thomas and 2020 runner-up Primoz Roglic were among those involved in crashes, and on Tuesday riders came to a stop for a minute shortly after the rollout from Redon before beginning a go-slow ride for the first 10km.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s Cavendish now moves to within three victories of Eddy Merckx’s all-time record of 34 stage wins.

More to follow.

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