マーク・カヴェンディッシュはツール・ド・フランスで34回目の勝利を収めました, 優勝ステージ 13 ニームからカルカソンヌまで、5回のツアー優勝者の記録に匹敵します, エディ・メルクス. Once again his Deceuninck Quick Step team took control of a chaotic finale into the centre of Carcassonne and Cavendish’s acceleration in the final 100 metres did the rest.
Cavendish survived a late bike change and the injuries of teammate Tim de Clercq, who was one of the fallers in a crash that forced the former Vuelta a España champion Simon Yates to abandon this year’s Tour. The crash came with 62 kilometres remaining, as the peloton picked up speed and descended alongside a wooded ravine.
As some, including Yates fell hard on the rough tarmac, others tumbled into the trees and disappeared from view. The British Team Bike Exchange rider sat on the road for several minutes before briefly remounting, but was eventually forced to quit the race.
Ineos’ Geraint Thomas was again among the fallers, as was his former Sky teammate, Wouter Poels, riding for Bahrain Victorious, who continued despite his injuries. Thomas, winner of the Tour in 2018, was again distanced by the speeding peloton in the final few kilometresas the sprint teams picked up pace and Cavendish continued his remarkable comeback.