SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France – On a contrasting day for British riders at the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish moved up the list of sprint greats while Chris Froome lost a chunk of his overall lead to his main rival.
Cavendish, who rides for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team, sealed his 25th stage victory to move into a tie for third place with Andre Leducq of France on the Tour’s all-time list.
Eddy Merckx of Belgium won a record 34 Tour stages and Bernard Hinault of France is second with 28.
Cavendish said, “My team did an incredible job. They rode themselves into the ground.”
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Meanwhile, Froome of Sky Procycling placed 26th in the 107.5-mile stage from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond and gave up more than one minute to two-time former champion Alberto Contador. Spaniard Contador of Team Saxo-Tinkoff was seventh in the 13th stage
Froome leads Dutch rider Bauke Mollema of the Belkin team by 2 minutes, 28 seconds.
Contador is in third place, 2:45 behind Froome.
Mollema, who finished third in the stage, and Contador each gained 1:09 on Froome.
“Near the end, we saw that many riders were at their limit,” Contador said.