Mark Cavendish in floods of tears after winning Tour de France stage four in thrilling sprint

MARK CAVENDISH broke down in floods of tears after winning his first Tour de France stage in five years.

He clinched a thrilling sprint stage into Fougeres in Brittany to cap one of the sport's greatest comebacks.

The greatest Tour sprinter of all time appeared a spent force after contracting Epstein-Barr virus in 2018 and did not even have a TEAM at the start of the season.

And on Monday, stage three was wrecked by multiple crashes during a fraught finale.

But the Deceuninck-QuickStep sprint train worked a dream for Cavendish, 36, who has now won an incredible 31 individual stages at cycling's greatest race.

He out-sprinted Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni and Belgian Jasper Philipsen to triumph in three hours, 20 minutes.

He won his first stage 13 years ago and has gone on to redefine the sprinter's era.

Cavendish is now three stage victories behind legend Eddy Merckx record of 34.

A totally stunned Cavendish said: "I didn't think I'd ever come back to this race.

"[We were] just flying from the whole team, you just see what a team this is, we've got the green jersey, the world champion, just trying to catch the breakaway.

"So many people didn't believe in me, these guys do…

"I thought I'd never come back to this race, honestly, when you come back to Deceninck-QuickStep, it's the best riders in the world, so it's not even a thought for me.

"I never ever want bad things to happen to other people, but after the last years it's just great to have this for myself."

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