Tour de France 2013: infographic – how good is Mark Cavendish?

Mark Cavendish is arguably the peloton’s greatest asset, a rider whose personality transcends the sport.

The Manx Missile has been not-so-quietly homing in on the finish line for six Tours de France, during which time he has amassed 25 stage wins.

His total moves him to third in the all-time list of stage winners at La Grande Boucle, just three victories behind the great Bernard Hinault, and nine behind the incomparable Eddy Merckx.

Cavendish will seek to break a record of his own before this hundredth Tour is finished: the British champion is the only cyclist to have won on the Champs-Élysées in four consecutive years.Tomorrow, he will attempt to make it five.

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