The Tour de France is the race every professional cyclist wants to be in. Making it to the Tour de France is a big achievement. To win a stage is a big achievement, and to win multiple stages is a massive achievement.
There is a popular saying in professional cycling that winning a Tour de France stage can define one’s career. Winning multiple stages at the Tour de France puts them above their peers.
Eddy Merckx and Mark Cavendish jointly hold the record for the most Tour de France stage wins at 34.
For 46 years between 1975 to 2020, Eddy Merckx holds the record. All of Eddy Merckx’s wins occurred within an eight-year time period.
In 2021, Mark Cavendish won four stages to equal Eddy Merckx’s record. His first win was way back in 2008 and the last win was in 2016 before making his comeback. Mark Cavendish has the chance to break Eddy Merckx’s record at the 2022 Tour de France.
Riders with the most Tour de France stage wins
|Rider||Nationality||Stage wins||Last win|
|Mark Cavendish||Great Britain||34||2021|
|René Le Grevès||France||16||1939|
|Raffaele Di Paco||Italy||11||1935|
Most Tour de France stage wins by nationalities
French riders have the most stage wins with 711 wins, followed by Belgian (481) and Italian (271).
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