|Mark Cavendish celebrating stage win number four|
Cavendish came into this year's race with 26 stage wins, trailing Bernard Hinault, also a four time winner, by two. Cavendish's total is now 30 wins, only four behind the 34 stage victories of Merckx. Perhaps in 2017 he can become the all-time leader.
Mark Cavendish is scheduled to participate in the Rio Olympics later this year. He will be competing in team pursuit for Great Britain. Because of this Cavendish pulled out of the Tour de France before the start of stage 17 on Wednesday. To stay in and have a chance to win on Sunday (The only remaining flat stage), he would have had to survive four straight mountain stages.