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Tour de France 2021 LIVE: Stage 19 updates on route from Mourenx to Libourne

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If Mark Cavendish wins today he will break the all-time record number of stage wins at the Tour de France. No mean feat. The 36-year-old’s four victories at this year’s race have seen him equal the record of 34 which was set by all-time great Eddy Merckx 46 years ago when he claimed the last of his wins on stage nine of the 1975 Tour.

Cavendish has unequivocally proved himself to be the fastest man in the race when it comes down to a bunch sprint. Now he simply has to keep his cool and follow his Deceuninck-Quick Step teammates through the pack as they attempt to deliver him perfectly for a fifth time. The Brit made it through the Pyrenees without any major scares but today we will see how the mountains have affected his legs in the final burst for the line.

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If he doesn’t break the record today, he does still have the opportunity to do so on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, a stage he has won four times before. But he will want to do it today. Just the small matter of 207 kilometres to navigate before we are surely treated to what could be a historic sprint finish.

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Tour de France latest: Stage 19

63km to go: Who’s the favourite for this stage then? The fast finishers from the group are Laporte and Ballerini. The strongest riders are probably Mohoric, Politt, Valgren and Van Moer.

But when the group is as big as 20 riders then anyone could spring an attack at the right time and make it to the finish. Will be a fascinating final hour of racing. And we’re not too far away from that point.

Dylan Terry16 July 2021 14:28
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Dylan Terry16 July 2021 14:23
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Cavendish not bothered one bit about having an easy day today. He will try his luck for the record-breaking number 35 on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.

Dylan Terry16 July 2021 14:18
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75km to go: The break’s advantage has now soared to nearly five minutes as the peloton give up the chase. The winner will 100 per cent come from the lead group now.

Dylan Terry16 July 2021 14:13
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79km to go: A reminder of the 20 breakaway riders who will almost certainly contest today’s stage.

The breakaway riders (by team):

  • Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Julien Bernard, Jasper Stuvyen, Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Davide Ballerini (DQS)
  • Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)
  • Silvan Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix)
  • Michael Valgren, Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-Nippo)
  • Elie Gesbert (Arkea-Samsic)
  • Casper Pedersen (DSM)
  • Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal)
  • Ion Izagirre (Astana)
  • Simon Clarke, Max Walscheid (Qhubeka-NextHash)
  • Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies)
  • Franck Bonnamour (B&B-KTM)
  • Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert)
  • Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious)
Dylan Terry16 July 2021 14:08
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84km to go: Israel Start-Up Nation have been doing almost all the work since the big break went away.

But the main bunch’s chase appears to be dwindling now. The gap is going out very quickly towards two minutes.

I think he may well have to wait for Paris to see if Cavendish can break Merckx’s record.

Dylan Terry16 July 2021 14:03
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How long do you think you could hold 47km/h for? I’m sat here eating Skittles and their speed is making me feel tired.

Other sweets are available.

Dylan Terry16 July 2021 13:58
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92km to go: The average speed today is still in excess of 47km/h and we’ve now completed 114km of the stage. This is an outrageous pace.

When will the peloton give up the chase? The gap has just gone out to one minute.

Dylan Terry16 July 2021 13:53
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96km to go: This big break are all in for this now. The gap is slowly rising up towards the one minute mark.

Dylan Terry16 July 2021 13:48
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99km to go: Into the final 100 kilometres we go then. The second chase group have just joined up with the original breakaway so we now have one big group of 20 riders.

Can the peloton bring them back? The gap is only 37 seconds.

Dylan Terry16 July 2021 13:45