Stage 6 | Arpajon-sur-Cère to Montauban | Tour de France 2016

Jul 07, 2016, 06:58 PM
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Mark Cavendish overtook Bernard Hinault in the all-time list of Tour de France stage winners when he notched his third victory of this race, and 29th in total, in Montauban.

The sprinter from the Isle of Man pipped Marcel Kittel in a close finish – although compared to some we’ve seen this week, it was a comfortable victory – and Britain’s Dan McLay continued an excellent debut Tour with another top ten finish, this time taking third place.

In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by Seb Piquet, the voice of Radio Tour and a man who has one of the best seats in the house, in the race director’s car just behind the peloton, or the break.

However, Piquet surprised Richard and Lionel by revealing he never actually sees the finish of a stage because the car is always behind the peloton.

We hear from Cavendish’s team-mate Bernhard Eisel about the stage victory and ask whether Cavendish will race all the way to Paris or whether he’ll pull out to fine-tune his preparations for the Rio Olympics.

We also speak to Tim Harris, a former British road race champion, and someone who knows Dan McLay very well, having put him up at his house in Belgium while he was an amateur.

With six stages of the Tour already done the peloton is still intact – no riders have pulled out yet, which is very unusual. We ask Seb, who has to inform the teams over the race radio when crashes and punctures happen, whether it’s been an unusual week and if the perception that there have been fewer crashes is accurate.

One rider who has crashed is the Dane Michael Mørkøv of Katusha. We hear from him about how hard it has been to struggle through the first week, narrowly making it inside the time limit on Wednesday, with injuries sustained on the opening day.

There’s also the daily Pédaleur de Charme award and the latest instalment of The Friebos File.

The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Eurosport.