“I have been to the Great Wall of China. I have seen the Pyramids of Egypt. I’ve even witnessed a grown man satisfy a camel. But never in all my years as a sportscaster have I witnessed something as improbable, as impossible, as what we’ve witnessed here.” – Cotton McKnight
While I have not been to the Great Wall of China, nor have I seen the Pyramids of Egypt, and thank the Lord I have never witnessed a grown man satisfy a camel, indeed, I have never witnessed something as improbable, as impossible, as what we witnessed here today. The Man. The Myth. The Legend. Mark Cavendish has won his fourth stage of the 2021 Tour de France, tying Eddy Merckx‘s record for the most career Tour de France stage wins. There is not much to write about it in words that can do it any real justice. We have heard this day talked about for the better part of a decade and here we are. . . Mark Cavendish is a Tour de France (co-)record holder!
Cav’s lead-out man Michael Morkov (at this point, just give him the Tokyo gold, please) placed second on the stage in a dominating team performance. Alpecin-Fenix’s Jasper Philipsen rounded out the podium. Despite several crashes throughout the stage, the GC remains unchanged as Tadej Pogacar continues to more than comfortably wear yellow as the race heads for the Pyrenees.