Mark Cavendish has tied the record for most. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images). On Friday, a group of riders suddenly fell off the road during stage 13 at the Tour de France, marking another crash within the peloton after a fan caused a massive one in the . The incident didn’t prevent Mark Cavendish from making history and tying the record of 34 de France.
Tour de France riders fall off-road in crash.
The crash happened with 58 km to go on the stage when Soren Kragh Andersen fell off the right side of the road and into a deep ditch. The peloton traveled 65 km per hour downhill when they suddenly went off the road on a curve. Some went flying through trees and bushes into a ravine. ThAn ambulance came to the scene. e crash affected Simon Yates, including Tim Declercq, Stefan Kueng, and Nacer Bouhanni.
Theasphalt after a smooth stretch, and unlike in other races, there was no one with a flag there to alert riders of suddenly rough terrain, per The Guardian.
A mini-crash happened 30 kilometers later, though only bike damage involved three riders. Yates landed on the tarmac and eventually got back on hisshortly later, the Cycling News reported. Teammate Lucas Hamilton did the same. Both are competing for games.
Cavendish makes history with Stage 13 victory.
Cavendish came out on top on Friday, and, with it, tied cycling great’s Eddy Merckx’s record of 34de France. The 36-year-old British rider was back in the competition for the first of the 2021 competition. He was open about his bout with depression and struggled on and off the bike in .
Cavendish was not expected to compete in this edition, let alone take so many. He is in the race as a replacement for Sam Bennett, the best sprinter of out last month. . He was gassed after the stage victory and said he “can’t even think about” the .
“I’m afraid I’m so dead after 220 kilometers in that heat, that wind, and that finale,” Cavendish said. “I went deep; I went so deep there. The boys were incredible. I can’t believe it. It didn’t feel like it a lot of the day, but it had to happen because I had the guys riding like they were. I was so on the limit there.”
Stage 13 took, ending in Carcassonne. According to The Guardian, it was a hot day, and there were more roundabouts (97) on Friday’s stage than any other since 1996. . The competition began on June 26 and will wrap up in nine days, on July 18.