Although his quest for a record-breaking 35th Tour de France stage win may have been so cruelly cut short, it is well worth remembering that Mark Cavendish has already made plenty of history. Although he wasn't allowed the romantic ending one may have hoped for, Cavendish will go down in history as the undisputed greatest sprinter of all time.
The career of Mark Cavendish and the history of the Tour de France are so intertwined and synonymous with each other that it's hard to mention one without the other. 14 Grand Departs, 34 stage wins and 2 Green Jerseys, Cavendish's position in the history books of cycling's most illustrious race is well secured.
Starting his journey on stage 5 of the 2008 edition where Cavendish announced himself to the world. The Isle of Man native has beaten all of the best sprinters of the past almost two decades, peaking with what he himself has admitted to being his favourite victory, in 2012 when the Yellow Jersey of his "brother" Bradley Wiggins, led him to victory on the Champs Elysees.
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From the likes of Thor Hushovd and Robbie McEwen when he was breaking through, to Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel when he was at his peak and even names such as Jasper Philipsen and Wout van Aert during his renaissance in 2021, Cavendish has proved himself the G.O.A.T of the sports fast men.
Of course, his Tour de France career ending in the manner it has is obviously hard to take. And with a retirement pending the question must be asked if this is the last we see of Cav in the peloton? Nevertheless, what will be remembered in the years to come is the good times and boy were there a lot of them!