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tour de france 2021 live updates latest stage 10 mark cavendish - REUTERS

tour de france 2021 live updates latest stage 10 mark cavendish – REUTERS

04:21 PM

No wonder Cavendish was quick to thank his team-mates…

04:13 PM

Cavendish is just one stage win away from tying the record now!

04:05 PM

And here is Cavendish up on the podium

Mark Cavendish celebrates his stage victory. - APMark Cavendish celebrates his stage victory. - AP

Mark Cavendish celebrates his stage victory. – AP

03:53 PM

Mark Cavendish was extremely complimentary of his team-mates post race

And here he is thanking them.

Mark Cavendish celebrates with his team-mate Dries Devenyn. - REUTERSMark Cavendish celebrates with his team-mate Dries Devenyn. - REUTERS

Mark Cavendish celebrates with his team-mate Dries Devenyn. – REUTERS

03:51 PM

Here are the general classification standings

1 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 38:25:17

2 Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 00:02:01

3 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo 00:05:18

4 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 00:05:32

5 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers 00:05:33

6 Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 00:05:47

7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:05:58

8 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 00:06:12

9 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 00:07:02

10 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 00:07:22

03:46 PM

Cavendish speaks

“It was an old-school, run-of-the-mill, like you read in a cycling magazine lead-out. I didn’t really do anything until 150 metres. It was all the team.

“When I go for the green jersey, I go for stage then hopefully the green jersey comes.”

03:38 PM

Here is the moment that Cavendish made it 33!

03:37 PM

Here are the stage standings

1. Mark Cavendish

2. Wout van Aert

3. Jasper Philipsen

4. Nacer Bouhanni

5. Michael Matthews

Tadej Pogacar manages to retain the overall lead.

03:35 PM

That was timed to perfection!

Remarkable control from Cavendish and his team.

03:34 PM

Cavendish wins!

33 stage wins and counting! He was under threat but just had too much in the tank for his rivals.

03:33 PM

500m to go

Here comes Cavendish!

03:32 PM

1km to go

The riders go around the final corner as the peloton grapples for position.

03:31 PM

1.7km to go

Colbrelli has fought his way back to the front of the pack after that mechanical failure.

03:30 PM

2.8km to go

Cavendish has been superb so far today and he is in a fantastic position as we enter the final part of the stage. Can he secure another stage win?

03:29 PM

4km to go

All the big name sprinters and GC contenders remain towards the front.

03:27 PM

5.6km to go

Houle has been designated the most combative rider today after leading for much of the race.

03:25 PM

7.3km to go

There are now three distinct groups formed as dark clouds appear overhead.

03:23 PM

9km to go

Here we go! We are in for a dramatic end to this stage. Cavendish is hovering just off the front.

03:22 PM

10km to go

Cavendish is not right at the front any longer. He is surrounded by team-mates, biding time for his attack.

03:20 PM

11.7km to go

There is a mix of sprinters’ teams and GC contenders still at the front.

A split is starting to happen. A large group has now broken off from the front.

03:17 PM

14.2km to go

Moves are starting to be made. A breakaway threatens but the peloton stays with the front group. Cavendish is in the front group.

03:14 PM

17.5km to go

The front of the peloton is still all bunched together, the lead changing frequently. It is going to be a fascinating finish.

03:13 PM

19km to go

Colbrelli, one of Cavendish’s main sprint rivals, is back with the pack after a frantic chase.

03:08 PM

23.3km to go

Cavendish remains in a strong position and the energy that Colbrelli is having to expend to catch back up will do him no harm.

03:05 PM

25.5km to go

Colbrelli has a mechanical problem! He drops away from the back of the peloton looking for his team car. It finally catches up with him and now he is onto a new bike. Terrible timing for Colbrelli just as the cross-winds are starting to pick up.

03:02 PM

28km to go

The front of the peloton is starting to pick up the speed now. Alaphillipe is at the front, setting the pace.

02:59 PM

Here is the moment Houle was caught

02:55 PM

34km to go

The climb is over and Cavendish remains in a strong position to launch.

02:54 PM

35km to go

Cavendish is looking good on this climb, going strong and maintaining a good position.

Houle has now been caught too! The race is all back together now. It was Hamilton that caught him after some impressive riding.

02:51 PM

37km to go

The front of the peloton is vying for position at the moment, the leader chopping and changing as the sprinters look to establish a place to launch from towards the end of the stage.

Van der Sande has fallen away from the front, dropping back to the peloton. Houle remains out in front.

02:44 PM

41km to go

There is now 5.5km of uncategorised climb for the peloton to deal with.

Houle and Van der Sande’s time gap is back up to a minute. It was as little as 19 seconds at one point.

02:42 PM

43km to go

Mark Cavendish is towards the front of the peloton on the left hand side. He is nicely positioned.

02:39 PM

45km to go

The time gap is being attacked now. It is sub 30 seconds.

02:35 PM

48km to go

Houle and Van der Sande remain out in front by themselves. The gap is down to a minute now, the peloton slowly hauling them in.

02:33 PM

50km to go

There may be some rain arriving shortly. The wind has also started to pick up with 50km to go. The stage becomes more exposed to the elements as it nears the end.

02:22 PM

The crash was largely made up of Ineos riders – they are back in the game

02:20 PM

60km to go

Houle and Van der Sande’s lead is down to 1min 25sec. The peloton has made up 35 seconds or so over last 8km.

02:15 PM

65km to go

There is a huge crash at the back of the peloton! Richie Porte goes down but he is back racing, this time on a different bike. Everyone involved seems to be ok.

02:10 PM

68km to go

Yellow jersey wearer Tadej Pogacar is towards the front of the peloton. He is safely surrounded by plenty of his UAE Team Emirates team-mates.

02:02 PM

75km to go

The pace has started to slow down a touch. Both the two leaders and the peloton have taken their foot off the gas.

The time difference between them is now back up to around the two minute mark.

01:58 PM

Chris Froome looks like he is enjoying himself!

01:51 PM

83 km to go

The peloton is closing the gap on the leaders. They are now just over a minute behind.

01:42 PM

88km to go

Van der Sande and Houle remain out in front of the pack.

Hugo Houle and Tosh Van Der Sande. - HRISTOPHE PETIT-TESSON/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Hugo Houle and Tosh Van Der Sande. - HRISTOPHE PETIT-TESSON/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

Hugo Houle and Tosh Van Der Sande. – HRISTOPHE PETIT-TESSON/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

01:39 PM

Cavendish’s lead under threat

Cavendish decided against contesting the intermediate spring, instead focusing on trying to win the stage.

It is now mathematically possible for Matthews and Colbrelli to take the green jersey in Valence after those intermediate sprint points.

01:32 PM

96km to go

The lead of the two riders out in front has decreased to 2min 7sec after the sprint stage. The gap has closed by nearly 90 seconds.

01:29 PM

98km to go

Here are the full results of the intermediate sprint at La Placette (km 82.3)

1. Tosh Van der Sande, 20 pts

2. Houle, 17 pts … At 1’50’’:

3. Colbrelli, 15 pts

4. Matthews, 13 pts

5. Philipsen, 11 pts

6. Sagan, 10 pts

7. Ballerini, 9 pts

8. Asgreen, 8 pts

9. Sweeny, 7 pts

10. Dillier, 6 pts

11. Küng, 5 pts

12. Oss, 4 pts

13. Formolo, 3 pts

14. Herrada, 2 pts

15. Hirschi, 1 pt

01:25 PM

Sonny Colbrelli wins the sprint from the peloton

Colbrelli holds off a challenge from Michael Matthews.

01:21 PM

105km to go

The peloton is now into the intermediate sprint. A group of riders breakaway from the front of it but Cavendish is not among them. He wants the stage win, not the intermediate sprint points!

01:17 PM

109km to go

The first 13 riders from the peloton will pick up points from the intermediate sprint alongside the two leaders.

01:15 PM

111km to go

The leaders are 3km away from the intermediate sprint.

And there is a crash at the back of the peloton! Mads Pederson of Trek-Segafredo and Julien Simon of Team TotalEnergies. Both are now back on their bike and continuing with the stage.

01:08 PM

114km to go

Tosh van der Sande and Hugo Houle are currently three and a half minutes ahead of the peloton.

01:01 PM

We join the race with 122km to go

Belgium’s Tosh van der Sande and Canada’s Hugo Houle lead the stage at the moment having broken away from the peloton earlier in the race.

Mark Cavendish is back in the main group, eyeing up another stage win as he continues his remarkable comeback.

11:08 AM

Good afternoon, can Froome find a return to form like Cavendish?

Mark Cavendish has backed Chris Froome’s bid to return to competitiveness and said his own experience proved nobody should be written off.

Cavendish’s remarkable resurgence continued last week as he collected his first Tour de France stage wins since 2016, moving to 32 in his career, despite being a late call-up to the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad.

After several years in which he was impacted by illness and injury, fearing his career was over in the winter, Cavendish can empathise with the challenges facing Froome, who is still recovering from a devastating crash in 2019.

Like Cavendish, Froome is racing the Tour for the first time in three years, but the four-time winner sits 153rd in the general classification, one hour and 47 minutes down on race leader Tadej Pogacar.

The 36-year-old knew he would not be competitive this year, but the Israel Start-Up Nation rider retains his dream of pursuing a record-equalling fifth Tour title in the future.

“I can talk from personal experience – you don’t write somebody off,” said Cavendish, also 36. “It’s down to the individual, how long they want to do something and what they feel they can come back to.

“Unless you are that person you can never understand. Chris Froome has been a champion for many years. Very, very few people in the world can get to that level so people will not understand the mindset, and understand the fight to get back…

“Froomey is a friend of mine but even if it was somebody I didn’t like, if I saw somebody being able to suffer physically and mentally to try to come back to somewhere they were and they know where they can get to, I applaud it, it’s the strongest thing you can do.”

Cavendish enjoyed a superb opening week of the Tour, winning stages four and six while moving into the points leader’s green jersey, but like many endured a tough weekend in the mountains.

The Manxman looked emotional as he embraced the team-mates who safely got him to the finish of stage nine into Tignes inside the time cut on Sunday, and admitted he was in great need of Monday’s rest day.

“I can’t remember a first rest day of the Tour de France feeling like a second rest day,” he said. “Everybody is completely spent.”

Today’s stage 10 looks much more favourable with 191 relatively flat kilometres between Albertville and Valence on the menu – an opportunity for Cavendish to move to within one stage win of Eddy Merckx’s Tour record of 34, and extend his advantage in green.

“There’s a lot less sprinters (in the race), that’s for sure,” Cavendish said of the impact of a tough opening week.

“We’ve got a strong group with experience who know how to control a race so we just have to hope for the best I guess.”