Cav wins stage 19 and rides into record books

MARK Cavendish became the most successful British rider in Tour de France history after taking his fifth stage in this year’s race, his ninth career win in the Tour. Cavendish had already equalled Barry Hoban’s record of eight wins which had stood since 1975, but today the 24-year-old from Laxey went one better.

Stage 19 took the riders on a 178km route from Bourgoin-Jallieu to Aubenas across the heavy and hilly roads of the Massif Central.