When Mark Cavendish raised his arms in victory and crossed the finish line ahead of his rivals on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday, he joined the elite list of prolific Tour de France winners.

Cavendish’s career total of 10 Tour stage wins – six stage wins in 2009 coupled with four in the 2008 Tour – means that his name is included in an exclusive roll call of all-time cycling greats.

To really appreciate how far Cavendish has come in such a short amount of time you only have to see the names of riders who also won 10 stages in their career –  Henri Pelissier, Charly Gaul, Jan Raas and Walter Godefroot are all names etched into the Tour’s long history. In two years, Cavendish has matched them.

Just two more Tour stage wins, to bring his total to 12, would mean Cavendish equals the likes of Miguel Indurain, Mario Cipollini, Robbie McEwen and Erik Zabel.

In terms of total Tour stage wins, Cavendish still has a way to go to match that of Eddy Merckx, who won an astonishing 34 stages between 1969 and 1975 – of course, he also won the race five times along the way.

Cavendish also scores highly in terms of stage wins in one given Tour, only 13 riders have ever won six or more stages in one go – and only five riders have won more than six stages in one year. Freddy Maertens was the last rider to win eight stages, in 1976.

It’s early days yet for Cavendish. He should have a long and successful career in front of him, giving him the opportunity to add his name to the very top of the Tour’s roll of honour.

Record number of Tour de France wins (individual)

34 stage wins

Eddy Merckx (Belgium) 1969-1975



28 stage wins

Bernard Hinault (France) 1978-1986



25 stage wins

André Leducq (France) 1927-1938



22 stage wins

André Darrigade (France) 1953-1964

Lance Armstrong (USA) 1993-2005



20 stage wins

Nicolas Frantz (Luxembourg) 1924-1929



19 stage wins

François Faber (Luxembourg) 1908-1914



17 stage wins

Jean Alavoine (France) 1909-1923



16 stage wins

Charles Pelissier (France) 1929-1935

René Le Greves (France) 1933-1939

Jacques Anquetil (France) 1957-1964



15 stage wins

Freddy Maertens (Belgium) 1976-1981



13 stage wins

Philippe Thys (Belgium) 1913-1924



12 stage wins

Louis Trousselier (France) 1905-1910

Jean Aerts (Belgium) 1930-1935

Gino Bartali (Italy) 1937-1950

Miguel Indurain (Spain) 1989-1995

Mario Cipollini (Italy) 1993-1999

Erik Zabel (Germany) 1995-2002

Robbie McEwen (Australia) 1999-2007



11 stage wins

Louison Bobet (France) 1948-1955

Rafaele Di Paco (Italy) 1931-1935



10 stage wins

Henri Pelissier (France) 1913-1923

Antonin Magne (France) 1927-1938

Maurice Archambaud (France) 1933-1939

Charly Gaul (Luxembourg) 1955-1961

Walter Godefroot (Belgium) 1967-1975

Gerrie Knetemann (Netherlands) 1975-1982

Jan Raas (Netherlands) 1977-1984

Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) 2008-2009



Most stage wins in a single Tour

Eight stages

Freddy Maertens 1976

Eddy Merckx 1970 and 1974

Charles Pelissier 1930



Seven stages

Bernard Hinault 1979

Eddy Merckx 1969

Gino Bartali 1948



Six stages

Mark Cavendish 2009

Luis Ocana 1973

Eddy Merckx 1972

Rene Le Greves 1936

Andre Leducq 1932

Jean Aerts 1933

Marcel Buysse 1913

Francois Faber 1909

Emile Georget 1907

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Stage 21: Cavendish wins on Champs Elysees as Contador wins 2009 Tour



Stage 20: Contador’s Tour lead safe; Wiggins retains fourth overall on Ventoux



Stage 19: Five star Cavendish wins Tour stage in to Aubenas



Stage 18: Contador tightens grip on the maillot jaune



Stage 17: Schleck brothers overhaul Wiggins as Frank wins the stage



Stage 16: Astarloza snatches Alps stage win as contenders wind up the pace



Stage 15: Contador wins in Verbier as Tour explodes into life



Stage 14: Ivanov wins as Nocentini clings onto yellow


Stage 13: Haussler braves rain for victory in Colmar




Stage 12: Sorensen wins in Vittel as Cavendish goes for green



Stage 11: Cavendish takes fourth win to equal Hoban’s record



Stage 10: Cavendish spoils Bastille Day party to take third stage win



Stage nine: Third French win as contenders content with ceasefire


stage eight: Sanchez wins from break as Tour favourites cancel each other out




Stage seven: Feillu wins at Arcalis, Nocentini takes yellow, Contador leap-frogs Lance



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Stage five: Voeckler survives chase to win his first Tour stage



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