• Stage 10 of the 2018 Tour de France - Sky bombs it down the descent (Getty)Source: Getty
Stage 10 marked the first day in the mountains and it was the first look at who are the contenders... and pretenders for yellow.
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Cycling Central

18 Jul 2018 - 11:30 AM  UPDATED 18 Jul 2018 - 12:51 PM

It's often a tough task to tell at a glance which teams are doing well at the Tour de France, there are 22 of them going around France, each with their own objectives and strengths. 

So borrowing a tool from other sports, Cycling Central will run a Power Rankings during this Tour de France. It's a quick guide from stage to stage of which teams are excelling and which are unlucky or faring poorly. 

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Stage 10 at the Tour de France 2018, Yellow remains at BMC and what a race at 'La Course"

Van Avermaet defends yellow as Alaphilippe takes Stage 10
Race leader Greg van Avermaet put in a sterling performance in the high mountains to defend yellow as Julian Alaphilippe took victory in Stage 10.

1. BORA-hansgrohe (no change)

Peter Sagan is going to go into Sagan Green Jersey hunting for the next few stages to build up an unassailable lead to equal that imposing record of six green jersies for Erik Zabel. The Slovakian isn't getting much competition at the moment and looks set to saunter into Paris in green.

Majka's tumble on the cobbles doesn't seem to have helped him out, he was off the comparitively sedate pace of the climbers on Stage 10. He'll need to bounce back or massive time losses loom over the next few stages.

Best Results: 1st (Stages 2+5), 2nd (Stages 1,4,8), 3rd (Stage 7), 1 day in Yellow, Green Jersey - Peter Sagan, 13th GC - Rafal Majka.

2. Quick-Step Floors (up one position)

An impressive performance by Julian Alaphilippe, by far the most aggressive on the stage and reaped the rewards at the finish with a win to remember. The Frenchman was an emotional winner and likely shows the way for how the team will proceed in the mountains, with riders like Philippe Gilbert, Alaphilippe and maybe Niki Terpstra looking for early moves.

Bob Jungels is unlikely to see much support for the GC after faltering on Stage 10. 

Best Results: 1st (Stages 1+4), 2nd (Stage 7), 1 day in Yellow - Fernando Gaviria, 1st (Stage 10) - Julian Alaphilippe, 3rd (Stage 5) - Philippe Gilbert , 3rd (Stage 9) - Yves Lampaert, 5th GC - Bob Jungels, 3rd Team Time Trial.

3. BMC (down one position)

They'll move down the standings once Greg van Avermaet no longer occupies yellow and the loss of Richie Porte becomes more apparent. The rest of the Tour is about resetting for the formerly GC-focused squad.

We'll likely see the likes of Damiano Caruso, Stefan Kung, Tejay van Garderen and Paddy Bevin try and poach some stage wins.

Best Results: 1st - Team Time Trial, 2nd (Stage 10), Yellow Jersey - Greg van Avermaet

Van Avermaet hangs tough in mountains
Greg van Avermaet was one of the big winners of Stage 10 of the Tour de France, adding to his overall race lead as he slipped into the breakaway and fought to finish in fourth place on the stage.

4. Lotto NL-Jumbo (no change)

They've been quietly going about their business in the GC picture, and it looks like the pair of Steven Kruijswijk and Primoz Roglic are going to be major players in the coming mountains. 

The rest of the squad will be on 'autobus' duty as they try to nurse Groenewegen around the course after his nasty tumble during the Roubaix stage. He was second last today, 34 minutes down and could be in big trouble if it's a high tempo from the start on Stage 11.

Best Results: 1st (Stages 7+8) - Dylan Groenewegen, 10th GC - Primoz Roglic, 12th GC - Steven Kruijswijk

5. Bahrain Merida (up one position)

Second on the day for Ion Izagirre, who opted to play it safe, rather than roll the dice like Rein Taaramae and Julian Alaphilippe. The Spaniard went at his own pace and gradually passed a lot of riders who had attacked earlier, easing over Taaramae on the rise to the line to take second. 

Status quo for Vincenzo Nibali, he looked comfortable in the bunch and will be happy that Domenico Pozzovivo kept pace for most of the stage in support. 

Best Results: 2nd (Stages 2+5) - Sonny Colbrelli, 2nd (Stage 10) - Ion Izagirre, 9th GC - Vincenzo Nibali

6. Trek-Segafredo (up one position)

Still basking in the limelight of a superb victory on the cobbled stage to Roubaix. 

Unfortunately, Bauke Mollema's legs aren't as strong as hoped. The Dutchman lost a chunk of time on the day, finishing 50 seconds down on the Froome group.

Best Results: 1st (Stage 9) John Degenkolb, 5 days in KOM jersey - Tom Skuijns, 15th GC - Bauke Mollema

Degenkolb's fairytale
It was fitting John Degenkolb won over the cobbles in Stage 9 of the Tour de France, as no one in the peloton has endured a rockier road over the last few years.

7. Team Sky (down two positions)

So assured during the stage, they are clearly acting like the team in the lead, even if they aren't at the moment. A slight hiccup for Froome during the stage, but it was no issue in the long run. All eyes turn towards the 108 kilometre stage tomorrow where the others will have to try and unsettle the British team.

Best Results: 2nd - Team Time Trial, 2nd GC - Geraint Thomas, 6th GC - Chris Froome

8. UAE Team Emirates (up two positions)

If there's one guy who has shown that he's in good form, it's Dan Martin. Even beaten up and looking like the team mechanics need to reassemble each morning, the Irishman put in the only major attack from the group of favourites and looks like he'll be a contender well into the third week. 
He's already lost a fair whack of time, but he's going about making it up in the right fashion. 

Best Results: 1st (Stage 6), 17th GC - Dan Martin 

9. Mitchelton-Scott (down one position)

Adam Yates is just sitting pretty. Damien Howson and Mikel Nieve now become his major helpers on the climbs, they both looked in good nick during proceedings on Stage 10.

Best Results: 5th - Team Time Trial, 7th GC - Adam Yates

'Strap in for tomorrow's stage': Howson
After a mostly negatively raced Stage 10, Mitchelton-Scott has signalled an epic day is on the cards with the Tour's second shortest stage.

10. Movistar (down one position)

Lurking... lurking. The Spanish squad are laying in wait, ready to lay their ambush.

Stage 11 shapes as a likely opportunity, though they might hold off making it too hard too early if Mikel Landa is still in a bad way after his fall.

Best Results: 3rd (Stage 6), 3rd GC - Alejandro Valverde, 8th GC - Mikel Landa, 16th GC- Nairo Quintana 

11. Astana (up four positions)

Jakob Fuglsang has been keeping his powder dry and is sitting in prime position after a fairly easy run through the first ten stages. He's never gone the whole way in a Grand Tour, but if he can avoid the bad days, the Dane could be up for his best-ever GC finish.

Best Result: 4th GC - Jakob Fuglsang 

12. Team Sunweb (up two positions)

Tom Dumoulin is looking pretty assured as he makes his way up the mountains, he doesn't appear to hampered by much post-Giro fatigue at this stage. 

Stage 11 will be a challenge for the big Dutchman as he'll likely be isolated from his teammates quite early in the piece, and he's not as explosive as some of the climbers he'll have to counter.

Best Results: 7th (Stage 1) - Michael Matthews, 11th GC - Tom Dumoulin 

13. AG2R-La Mondiale (up three positions)

Bad-luck Bardet must be hoping he got all of his misfortune out of the way on the cobbles and he's free to race normally the rest of the way. 

The Frenchman is into his territory now, and will be keen to show off his skills on both the ascents and descents.

Best Results: 2nd (Stage 6) - Pierre Latour, 14th GC - Romain Bardet

14. Direct Energie (up three positions)

The first top three for Direct Energie as Rein Taaramae went on the offensive in a bold move. The Estonian couldn't hold off Alaphilippe to give himself a shot at the win, but a third-place is a decent result. Expect them to continue to try and fill the breakaways.

Best Result: 3rd (Stage 10) - Rein Taaramae, 12th - Lilian Calmejane - Stage 4

15. Groupama- FDJ (down four positions)

The French team mobbed the break with David Gaudu, Rudy Molard and Arthur Vichot, but got no benefit from it beyond a ninth place for Gaudu.  

Best Result: 3rd - Arnaud Demare - Stage 2

16. Wanty-Groupe Gobert (down four positions)

Guillame Martin and Thomas Degand made the move in Stage 10 and they are going to be the team's major cards to play in the mountains.

Best Results: 3 days in KOM jersey - Dion Smith

17. Lotto Soudal (up one position)

It's hard to see a great deal happening for the squad in the mountains, unless Jelle Vanendert can hit some peak form. 

They'll concentrate on managing Andre Greipel's allergy symptoms.

Best Result: 3rd - Andre Greipel - Stage 4

18. Katusha-Alpecin (up one position)

Ilnur Zakarin continues to go backwards, he might need to re-evaluate his goals for the race quite soon. The team are unlikely to be happy with an anonymous GC place in the teens, but a stage win or a tilt at the mountains jersey wouldn't be a bad return.

Marcel Kittel has got a season ticket for the 'autobus', the only reason he isn't the current lantern rouge is the fact that Lawson Craddock got injured early.  

Best Results: 3rd - Marcel Kittel - Stage 1, 18th GC Ilnur Zakarin

19. Cofidis (up one position)

They moved up slightly, not because they did anything, but other teams slipped down. They have a few decent climbers, it's just a matter of putting them in the right breakaway.

Best Results: 5th (Stages 1+7) Christophe Laporte

20. Fortuneo-Samsic (up one position)

Amael Moinard and Elie Gesbert got themselves in the main move of the day, unfortunately for the Pro Continental squad, they didn't match up against the better climbers favourably.

Best Result: 1 day in KOM jersey - Kevan Ledanois 

21. Dimension Data (up one position)

Dimensions Data manage to lift themselves off the bottom of the Power Rankings by way of a Serge Pauwels fifth-place finish! They'll need to do better than that if they want to maintain their upward push, but at least they are animating these mountain stages by attempting to get in moves. 

Best Result: 5th (Stage 10) - Serge Pauwels 

22. EF Education First-Drapac (down nine positions)

The team have been very good so far, shepherding Rigoberto Uran around and seeing that he didn't lose any time. That was until the Roubaix stage and it looks like the fall there has really taken a lot out of last year's runner-up.

It's a re-evaluate situation for the American squad as they don't have any other results to hang their hat on if 'Rigo' isn't up for a general classification push.

Best Result: 22nd GC - Rigoberto Uran