With Mark Cavendish's chances of matching Belgian's 34 Tour de France stage wins looking slim, Eddy Merckx's prowess is being given a new lease of life.
Leaving Mark Cavendish off its Tour de France roster was the right move for Dimension Data, writes Fred Dreier.
Though performance director Rolf Aldag felt the Brit was physically ready and suited the team's strategy for the Tour, he was overruled by team owners.
Mark Cavendish says he was in perfect condition to race the Tour de France, despite his team leaving him at home.
Team Dimension Data has decided to leave Mark Cavendish off its Tour de France roster
The pressure is on these five star riders to claim signature victories in 2019. They all had rocky rides last season amid high expectations.