• From L-R Dimitri Claeys, Tom Scully, Thomas De Gendt and Michael Schar all put in a solid showing in the breakaway (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
A transitional stage with not much on offer, and - no point in lying - it's the same story for the Power Rankings.
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Cycling Central

21 Jul 2018 - 7:37 AM  UPDATED 21 Jul 2018 - 7:54 AM

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 13 of the Tour de France 2018, and the man in green does it again. Also, Christophe, what's with that cheese story?

 

Sagan victorious in Valence to add to Tour tally
The Tour de France peloton took some respite on Stage 13 after a torrid day on Alpe d'Huez, with the 169.5km from Bourg d'Oisans to Valence ending in the expected sprint.

1. Team Sky (no change)

A dream stage for Team Sky, didn't have to do anything and kept their leaders safe. Stage 14 shouldn't be too concerning for them until the final, steep climb into Mende.

Best Results: 2nd - Team Time Trial, 1st (Stages 11,12), Yellow Jersey Geraint Thomas, 3rd (Stage 11) 2nd GC - Chris Froome

2. BORA-hansgrohe (no change)

The least dramatic of Peter Sagan's victories this race, but they all count and the World Champion's palmares in the race continues to grow. 

It's hard to see what the Green Jersey holder does differently in the battle for position in the final kilometres, but whereas everyone else needs to be delivered to the front by teammates, Sagan just mooches off the other sprint trains and then comes out of the slipstream to win.

Other teams might have to start using an 'anchor' or a 'sweeper' - terminology differs - on the wheel of their main sprinter to stop Sagan getting the perfect run to the line. 

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

3. Quick-Step Floors (no change)

A late attack by Philippe Gilbert put some life into the race as he shot off in the final kilometre. The success rate of the tactic is rarely high, and it's the second time this Tour the Belgian star has tried it to no avail.

The surprise was no Max Richeze in the final sprint, they had Yves Lampaert up there looking like a penguin in the Sahara, but the fast Argentinian was nowhere to be seen. 

Best Results: 1st (Stages 1+4), 2nd (Stage 7), 1 day in Yellow - Fernando Gaviria, 1st (Stage 10), KOM jersey - Julian Alaphilippe, 3rd (Stage 5) - Philippe Gilbert , 3rd (Stage 9) - Yves Lampaert, 13th GC - Bob Jungels, 3rd Team Time Trial.

4. LottoNL-Jumbo (no change)

Without Dylan Groenewegen, the Dutch squad's options on the flat stages are limited to breakaways. 
Though they'll likely be happy with keeping Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk out of trouble.

Best Results: 1st (Stages 7+8) - Dylan Groenewegen, 4th GC - Primoz Roglic, 7th GC - Steven Kruijswijk

5. Team Sunweb (no change)

A short punchy finish in Mende for Stage 14 may not sound like Tom Dumoulin's cup of tea, but he did win a similar stage at the Vuelta against Froome into Cumbre del Sol Benitachell.

Best Results: 2nd (Stage 11), 3rd GC - Tom Dumoulin 

6. BMC (no change)

Greg van Avermaet mixed it up in the final sprint, finishing fifth, which tells you a lot about the current sprinting stocks at the race. He handled the positioning quite well actually. 

Michael Schar looked like a man on the mission in the break, but the sprinters' teams never gave them much of a leash.

Best Results: 1st - Team Time Trial, 2nd (Stage 10), 8 days in Yellow Jersey - Greg van Avermaet

7. Movistar (no change)

Barely sighted. Stage 14 looks like a Valverde special.

Best Results: 3rd (Stage 6), 11th GC - Alejandro Valverde, 6th GC - Mikel Landa, 8th GC- Nairo Quintana 

8. UAE Team Emirates (no change)

Alexander Kristoff rolled over the top of Arnaud Demare for second and sounded a bit fatalistic after the stage, lamenting all the times Sagan has beaten him in the past.

Dan Martin will be licking his lips at the prospect of another stage win in Mende, he's got the most punch of the main GC riders. The problem will be that it also looks like a good stage for the breakaway to go to the finish.

Best Results: 1st (Stage 6), 10th GC - Dan Martin, 2nd (Stage 13) - Alexander Kristoff

9. Trek-Segafredo (no change)

Fourth for John Degenkolb. His team swarmed the front of the race in the finale as one of the least depleted teams present, but they slipped back as Groupama-FDJ took over.
Degenkolb found himself in Sagan's wheel, but it's clear he doesn't have the kick to follow the faster sprinters and he never looked like challenging once they jumped. 

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

10. AG2R-La Mondiale (no change)

Maybe Romain Bardet can make use of his good legs tomorrow to eke out a few seconds over the rest?

Best Results: 2nd (Stage 6) - Pierre Latour, 5th GC - Romain Bardet

Crowd behaviour a concern on Alpe d'Huez
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11. Mitchelton-Scott (no change)

Why are Mitchelton-Scott so far up? They had a very good team time trial, which weights a bit higher than other stage results, nearly won a stage with Nieve in one of most prominent finishes of the Tour and still have the Spaniard in a position on GC. Sure that position is 14th, but it's better than nothing. 

They also haven't lost any riders yet, while other team's leaders have quit, Adam Yates is still around and can do something later in the race.

There's also a fairly big drop-off after 10th in these rankings, even if they won a stage now they'd have a hard time getting deep into the top 10.

Best Results: 5th - Team Time Trial, 14th GC - Mikel Nieve

12. Bahrain Merida (no change)

Why can't Sonny Colbrelli sprint on these flat finishes? Sure he's better on the slight uphills and in hard races, but his finishes here have been dis-proportionally bad for a man of his abilities. He might be relying too much on his leadout-train, Bahrain Merida aren't built to help out a sprinter. 

Best Results: 2nd (Stages 2+5) - Sonny Colbrelli, 2nd (Stage 10) - Ion Izagirre

Nibali out of Tour with fracture after crash with spectator
In the final kilometres, just as the race was in its last throes before the finish, the broadcast cameras came across Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) prostrate on the road next to his bike.

13. Astana (no change)

Magnus Cort Nielsen was sighted for the first time in the race it seems. Only briefly, but he did run seventh.

Best Result: 10th GC - Jakob Fuglsang 

14. Direct Energie (no change)

They decided animating the breakaway wasn't for them today. They'll need to soon, or they'll move down the Rankings, as they are largely in this relatively lofty spot for being aggressive.
The loss of Rein Taaramae on Stage 13 was not good news for the team's hopes in the mountains.

Best Result: 3rd (Stage 10) - Rein Taaramae

15. Katusha-Alpecin (no change)

There's no Marcel Kittel, no Rick Zabel and no interest for Katusha-Alpecin on the flat stages.

Best Results: 3rd - Marcel Kittel - Stage 1, 13th GC Ilnur Zakarin

16. Groupama- FDJ (up two positions)

The French squad are the only team moving up the Rankings after they took responsibility for the chase and then put Arnaud Demare in a position where he could win the stage. He didn't but came pretty close and racked up another third-placed finish, which is a sight better than we've see from a number of teams.

Best Result: 3rd (Stages 2,13) - Arnaud Demare

17. Cofidis (down one position)

Not sure what happened to the leadout for Christophe Laporte, but he was left by himself in the finale and found himself woefully out of position after losing a battle with Sagan for Demare's wheel in the final few kilometres.

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

18. Wanty-Groupe Gobert (down one position)

Sprinter Andrea Pasqualon slipped in for his fifth Top-10 of the Tour as he finished ninth. They'll need to get back to representing in the breakaway or they'll slip down these Rankings.

Best Results: 3 days in KOM jersey - Dion Smith

19. Fortuneo-Samsic (no change)

A breakaway win beckons for Stage 14 and the French squad will have to take opportunities like these if they want to take that big victory. Not too many points on offer for the KOM jersey and they come late in the piece, so it might be one for Barguil to sit out.

Best Result: 1 day in KOM jersey - Kevan Ledanois 

20. Lotto Soudal (no change)

Thomas de Gendt is always a welcome sight in the breakaway, but this stage was tightly monitored by the sprint teams.

Best Result: 3rd - Andre Greipel - Stage 4

21. Dimension Data (no change)

Desperately need some sort of spark. Serge Pauwels isn't the most flashy of team leaders, but he does represent in the breakaways 

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

22. EF Education First-Drapac (no change)

Tom Scully flew the New Zealand flag in the breakaway, unfortunately for the pink squad it wasn't going anywhere today.
Taylor Phinney had a go in the sprint, finishing 10th, so they are trying things.

Best Result: N/A