Mark Cavendish celebrates after winning the 4th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on Tuesday. AFP, Reuters
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Veteran Mark Cavendish of Great Britain sat down on the road and cried after sprinting to his first Tour de France stage victory in five years on Tuesday, taking his tally of wins to 31 on the world's greatest bike race.
Cavendish was not expected to be among the eight riders selected by Deceuninck-Quick Step for the Tour but was a last-minute inclusion in the squad following Sam Bennett’s withdrawal. Known as the "Manx Missile," the rider from the Isle of Man shook his head in disbelief as he pulled on the jersey.
"It's been five years too long," said Cavendish, inching closer to Belgian cycling legend Eddie Merckx's record of 34 individual stage wins between 1969-75.
Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the finish line. AFP
"There has been a lot of talk about my condition and I hope this gives hope to people in my condition," said the 36-year-old who was diagnosed in 2017 with the Epstein-Barr virus, which can cause persistent fatigue.
"I don’t know what to say,” Cavendish said. "Just being here is special enough. I didn’t think I would ever get to come back to this race."
Tour de France rookie Marc Hirschi won the longest stage with a bold solo breakaway on a previously unused sharp ascent, signaling a precious talent on Thursday.
Tadej Pogacar became the first Slovenian to win the Tour de France after he retained the yellow jersey in the 21st stage on Sunday, a day after he pulled off a major coup to take the overall lead.
Tadej Pogacar beat fellow Slovenian and overall leader Primoz Roglic to win the 15th stage of the Tour de France as defending champion Egan Bernal all but abandoned his crown after a brutal failure on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola's side were teetering on the brink of blowing the title after falling 2-0 behind midway through the second half at the Etihad Stadium.
Fatima Al Housani bagged the gold in the discus throw and a bronze in the 11.84-meter long jump competition, while Latifa Al Kaabi won the triple jump gold and a silver in the 5.34m long jump competition.
The 3x3 Basketball Championship, organized by the Sharjah Women's Sports Foundation, concluded on Saturday with the participation of 10 amateur teams.