The feud came as they were teammates on the T-Mobile team, with Eisel trying to cheer on Cavendish as Manx’s hopes of reaching Paris began to fade over the past week.
The couple rode in silence, Cavendish said, as their colleagues disappeared into the “horrific” climb.
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This was the final test for the Briton, who quickly recovered to win two of the next three stages including the final on the Champs-Elysées.
Cavendish hopes to repeat the round on Thursday, with the Tourmalet again on the menu as a final test before three milder stages – two of which he will be heading.
“How many times have we done the Tourmalet together? Cavendish asked Eisel.
“So the Tourmalet, for those watching at home, is where Bernie and I had one of our biggest arguments. We rode it on the left, me on the right, and we didn’t speak to each other the whole way.
“We got back together in the valley. It’s horrible. We just have to get out of it. ”
Cavendish needs one more stage to set the Tour’s all-time record for stage wins, having tied Belgian legend Eddy Merckx’s total of 34 in 2021.
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