Posted on July 24, 2021
Stage 21 – Paris, and the one where Mark Cavendish breaks Merckx’s record and wins 35 stages….but sadly the fairytale finish wasn’t to be. The stage began well, but towards the climax, Cavendish became separated from his lead out man, and instead took up position on the wheels of Wout Van Aert. He was side by side with Jasper Philipsen and couldn’t get past. Van Aert took his third stage win with phenomenal strength and Cavendish slapped his bike in frustration, knowing he just missed out.
I was very sorry about it but it was still an outstanding race for them both. Van Aert crossed the line with three fingers aloft. Cavendish can hold three fingers on one hand and four on the other if he chooses, which is wonderful. He won his second Green Jersey, a great souvenir of his outstanding Tour performance. He is the greatest sprinter of all time, it’s official!
Posted on July 10, 2021
This is a first response to Stage 13, which saw Mark Cavendish take his 34th stage win. It was not an easy victory – and very tight and technical all along – I have so many pictures I want to make from this stage, but football and the Pyrenees are calling, but this image is the first that I am pleased to publish – What a brilliant win!
Incredible – the best sprinter of all time!
Posted on July 6, 2021
Something in the air…. definitely proved to be right – The crosswinds blew, the echelons formed, but the Deceuninck–Quick-Step team protected their missile, ready for the perfect leadout by Michael Mørkøv – all of them rode their hearts out, taking turns for him. Michael Mørkøv and Mark Cavendish are the dream combination and once launched, the Missile fired home – to Stage win No.33!
So close now… He must do it!
Posted on July 6, 2021
Stage 10 was a long stage, mostly flat and as the climax drew near, the sky turned very dark and cross winds began to blow.. There was a feeling of excitement and anticipation, as echelons began to form.
Something in the air…. definitely
Posted on July 5, 2021
The triumphant Return of the Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish continued today – as he returned to Chateauroux, the scene of his very first victory at the Tour in 2008.
Cavendish claimed his 32nd stage win at the Tour de France moving another step closer to the all-time record of 34 held by Belgian legend Eddy Merckx.
The emotion of the moment overwhelmed him yet again, and the tears and hugs flowed, but it’s a sight for sore eyes as the saying goes.
At the start of the race, Cavendish needed five stages to pass Eddie Merckx record of 34 stage wins, so now it’s two down, three to go.
Another fantastic achievement in this remarkable career – What will he do next?
Have a great day! 🙂
Posted on July 2, 2021
Tuesday 29th June 2021 is a very special day for British sports fans, well of cycling and football certainly. It will live long in my mind that’s for sure.
In the evening, England progressed to the quarter finals of the Euros with a win against Germany, but earlier in the day, Stage 4 of the Tour de France was won in classic style by Mark Cavendish – to the astonishment of most viewers and pundits alike.
The much-loved rider from the Isle of Man has had some awful luck one way or another for some time and yet still held the belief that his story with the Tour de France, his favourite race, was not yet told.
Well, this is a lovely chapter! The finish line was approaching and it looked as though no sprint would happen; Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) held onto a gap into the last kilometre, until the peloton charged him down.
Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) launched the sprint but Cavendish exploded past him and held on to take victory; the 31st Tour stage win of his career.
The emotion of the moment overwhelmed him, (and me!) as the tears flowed, he clasped and hugged his teammates one by one and then went round again!
At the start of the race, Cavendish needed five stages to pass Eddie Merckx record of 34 stage wins, so now it’s one down, four to go.
Whatever happens, his record even as it stands now, far outnumbers the stage wins of other sprinters of his generation, all of whom are phenomenal, but The Manx Missile really is the greatest of them all. To me… he’s a gem!
Make no mistake, the Manx Missile is back!
Have a great day! 🙂
Posted on July 5, 2017
Hello! There was one talking point from Stage 4. The end of the stage and the end of the race both for Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan. I suspect the debate on the crash will last for a long time. Whatever your opinion, perhaps cycling fans can agree on one thing – that the race has lost two of its best and most exciting riders – and will be much the poorer for it. There are many photographs and videos of the incident, here’s my painting.
For more on Stage 4… See Velovoices article
Copyright Maxine Dodd
Posted on July 20, 2016
Bonjour! Stage 14 gave the sprinters another chance to shine after a long hot day’s riding. There were some classic Tour de France scenery, fields of bright sunflowers and deep blue skies. A great partnership between Jérémy Roy (FDJ) and Martin Elmiger (IAM) kept everyone on their toes and there was a lovely handshake between them as they were finally chased down. The race ended with a burst to the line, Mark Cavendish tucking in neatly behind Marcel Kittel. He cheekily darted round a frustrated Kittel to take win No.4 – Amazing and brilliant as ever! Here are my drawings:
Posted on July 9, 2016
Bonjour! Stage 6 saw the route leave the Massif Central and head down towards the Pyrenees. This was the last battle of the sprinters before the mountains and it turned out to be another classic battle between Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel. Before that, the course went through the most gorgeous terrain with the deepest of blue skies! Just astounding. At the final dash to the line, Cavendish took the win with no doubt this time, still chasing his place in Tour de France history as the winner of the most stages. This was number 29. He needs to beat 34 set by the legendary Eddy Merckx – not easy but not impossible either… Here are my drawings:
Posted on July 7, 2016
Bonjour! Stage 3 saw one of the longest routes on this year’s tour, heading inland through pretty towns and villages. The excitement came right at the end where the new holder of the Green Jersey, Mark Cavendish took his 28th stage win by a whisker from André Greipel – a photo had to decide it. Incredibly close! Here are my drawings:
Posted on July 6, 2016
Bonjour! So onto Stage 2, in the drizzle, with Mark Cavendish in the Yellow Jersey – simply wonderful for many fans to see. However, he was not destined to keep it, with the stage win and the jersey going to popular World Champion, Peter Sagan. The remarkable sprint to the finish, saw him come apparently from nowhere to cross the line. Special mention also to breakaway rider, Jasper Stuyven, who was caught by the peloton just 500m from the finish. Quite a day! Here are my drawings:
Posted on July 3, 2016
Bonjour! How wonderful to be back with Le Tour! Where did the year go? After a grim week in the UK, it was fantastic to lose oneself on the beautiful shoreline of Normandy. The stage was full of thrills, including a dramatic fall for Contador; a nip and tuck breakaway for Alex Howes and Anthony Delaplace but the man who took us all by surprise was Mark Cavendish, who brilliantly took his 27th stage win and his first ever Yellow Jersey! Wow! What a start! Here are my drawings: