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Tour de France: Mark Cavendish misses out on historic win after crash on stage eight

Mark Cavendish was forced to abandon the race on Saturday following a crash.

Mark Cavendish's bid to take a record-breaking 35th Tour de France stage win ended after he was forced to abandon the race following a crash on Saturday. 

Less than 24 hours after he came within a few metres of an historic victory in Bordeaux, Cavendish's outstanding Tour career ended in the back of an ambulance, the anguish on his face clear to see after an innocuous touch of wheels brought an early end to his final appearance in the race he loves.
Cavendish went down hard and held his shoulder after a crash in the peloton around 60km from the finish of stage eight from Libourne to Limoges.
It means Cavendish, who announced in May that he will retire at the end of the season, will finish his career level with Eddy Merckx on 34 Tour stage wins.
Cavendish was agonisingly close to breaking the record on Friday, getting the jump on Jasper Philipsen on the sprint to the line in Bordeaux, only for his gears to jump when he was trying to apply full power.
Cavendish won his first Tour stages back in 2008, taking four in total, and chalked up 20 in his first four participations.
He enjoyed four stage wins in 2021, equalling Merckx's record with his victory on stage 13 in Carcassonne.

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