Mark Cavendish gets Tour stage win number 21

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Mark Cavendish led a tight sprint to the finish Monday to win the second stage of the Tour de France. Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey after the mostly flat ride across Belgium.

The top overall standings didn’t change as defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia and fellow title contender Bradley Wiggins of Britain trailed close behind in the pack after the 129-mile ride from Vise to Tournai.

Cavendish collected his 21st Tour stage victory and remains the rider to beat in Tour sprints. He also won three stages in the Giro d’Italia and two in the Tour of Oman this year.

Interview with Mark Cavendish after stage win number 21:

Stage 6 sees the riders leaving Orchies for Boulonge-Sur-Mer, 197km. The riders are back in France! Six big climbs in 100 kilometres, four of which in the last 16 kilometres. This could mark the opening of hostilities in the Tour. Route profile below.