Mark Cavendish wins Stage 4 of Tour de France

Racers from the Category 2/3 race ride in a pack during the Tour of America’s Dairyland, Monday, June 21, 2021, in Manitowoc, Wis. Man 062121 Tour Of Americas Dairyland Gck 006

Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish sprinted to an emotional Stage 4 victory at the Tour de France on Tuesday in Fougeres.

Cavendish was swarmed by teammates and rivals alike after the victory, the 31st of his career but first since 2016. Cavendish’s last appearance at the Tour de France came in 2018.

“I don’t know what to say. Just being here is special enough, you know? I didn’t think I’d get to come back to this race,” Cavendish said. “So many people didn’t believe in me, and these guys do.”

Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands retains the yellow jersey heading into the Stage 5 time trial.

France’s Nacer Bouhanni finished second Tuesday followed by Jasper Philipsen of Belgium, Michael Matthews of Australia and Slovakia’s Peter Sagan.

Wednesday’s individual time trial is the first of two and begins in Change. The 27-km stage ends in Laval. Currently van der Poel holds an 8-second overall lead over Julian Alaphilippe of France.

–Field Level Media