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Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France streak ends

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Mark Cavendish, who owns the second-most stage wins in Tour de France history, will miss the three-week Grand Tour for the first time since 2006.

Cavendish, a 34-year-old sprinter, owns 30 Tour de France stage victories, second only to Belgian legend Eddy Merckx‘s 34. But Cavendish last won a stage in 2016 and has struggled since being diagnosed with the energy-sapping Epstein-Barr virus in 2017.

Cavendish was not named in Dimension Data’s eight-man team for the Tour that starts Saturday.

He failed to finish the last three Tours de France.

Cavendish’s heyday was 2009-11, when he won 16 Tour de France stages. Peter Sagan has since emerged as the world’s top sprinter and this month will try to break Erik Zabel‘s record seven green jersey titles.

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