• Julian Alaphilippe celebrates in style in Epernay (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Alaphillipe's verve and panache on the attack among the vineyards of the Champagne region will be long remembered and associated with the 2019 Tour de France.
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SBS Cycling Central

9 Jul 2019 - 11:36 AM  UPDATED 9 Jul 2019 - 11:45 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. 

To keep an eye on how each team is progressing, Cycling Central is running the Zwift 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. 

Zwift SBS Cycling Podcast: Stage 3 - First day in France, Yellow for a Frenchman

Stage 3 of the 2019 Tour de France, the riders arrive in France, and we have a "Panache" win from a French rider.

Alaphilippe brings swashbuckling fizz to vintage Champagne stage
Julian Alaphilippe plundered the penultimate climb of Stage 3 in the Champagne region, etching a vintage victory into the Tour de France annals.

1. Jumbo-Visma (same)

Jumbo-Visma's run in the leader's jersey is done for the moment, but with their strong clutch of riders up there on the general classification, it might not be long until we see one of them in slightly different shade of yellow.

Wout van Aert takes up residency in the white jersey after finishing ninth on the stage, but attention pivots to Groenewegen tomorrow on the flat.

Best Results: Mike Teunissen 1st- Stage 1, Yellow Jersey 2 stages; 1st- Stage 2 Team Time Trial

2. Deceuninck-Quickstep (up two positions)

It was tempting to put Deceuninck-Quickstep straight to the top of the rankings given the memorable manner in which Alaphilippe took his victory. The classics specialist absolutely exploded away from the peloton, seemingly catching them off guard. 

The resulting chase from the peloton was fascinating as Alaphilippe dove onto the top tube and threw the bike all over the road. The climb to the finishing line was just as captivating and the Frenchman looks incredibly strong at the moment. 

Best Results: Julian Alaphilippe 1st- Stage 3, Yellow Jersey 1 stage; 3rd- Stage 2 Team Time Trial

3. Team Sunweb (up three positions)

Michael Matthews has been one of the most watchable riders at this year's Tour to date, not only on the road but also opening up in interviews after each stage. He keeps on insisting that he's in pretty poor shape to be riding the Tour, but the results and his showings so far indicate that Matthews' version of poor is very different from every other rider in the peloton.

He's keeping Sagan honest in the green jersey battle, with the Australian the big favourite in the classification if anything happens to adversely affect Sagan's campaign.

Best Results: Michael Matthews 2nd- Stage 3; 4th- Stage 2 Team Time Trial

4. Lotto Soudal (up three positions)

Tim Wellens was a surprise addition to the breakaway after early attempts to get Thomas de Gendt up the road were shut down. 

Wellens proceeded to dominate the climbs and his solo escape lit up the stage before the explosion from Alaphilippe took over. A jersey for the team, possibly one that Wellens will look to get in the fight for in the long term. 

Best Results: Caleb Ewan 3rd- Stage 1, Tim Wellens Mountains Jersey 1 day

5. BORA-hansgrohe (down two positions)

Peter Sagan is now in the green jersey after finishing fifth and it's tough to see him being turfed out of it too soon. Barring misadventure, it looks like the only green the other sprinters will see is the envious type as they look up to Sagan on the podium.

Best Results: Peter Sagan 2nd- Stage 1

6. Team Ineos (down four positions)

Solid day for Team Ineos, they were the best placed team after the big attack from Alaphilippe. They didn't need to chase down the Frenchman and instead just set a solid tempo to keep their leaders safe. 

In the end, Bernal managed to sneak himself an extra five seconds on the general classification, with Thomas just missing the split over the finish. Not a sign of much of anything really, it was the barest of gaps and it's not a useful indicator of form.

Best Results: 2nd- Stage 2 Team Time Trial

7. CCC (down two positions)

Greg van Avermaet lead the peloton in the crucial sections of the final climb, probably trying to anticipate the moves of the faster sprinters that were just behind. 

After a down year for the Belgian star, it's a good sign and van Avermaet can have a big impact at the Tour.

Best Results: Greg van Avermaet- 4th Stage 3, Mountains Jersey 3 stages

8. Dimension Data (same)

They don't really have anyone for this sort of stage, maybe a few years ago, you'd be talking about Edvald Boasson Hagen, but not currently. 

Nizzolo has looked very fast recently and after making a few bad decisions late in Stage 1, he shapes as the rider with the most potential to improve from that opening stage (apart from Viviani). 

Best Results: Giacomo Nizzolo 4th- Stage 1

9. Wanty Groupe Gobert (up six positions)

On the attack with classics stalwart Yoann Offredo and then coupled that with a very nice final climb for Xandro Meurisse for an eighth-place finish. 

Meurisse has been therebouts this season in a variety of races and will be a danger if he can find himself into the right breakaway.

10. Cofidis (same)

On the attack again and playing their role in the race. 

Keep Jesus Herrada in the back of your mind for the mountains, he beat Bardet at the Mont Ventoux challenge, won the Tour of Luxembourg and a few other creditable performances at climbing tours already in 2019 and seems to be tracking well already at this year's Tour de France.

11. EF Education First (down two positions)

Bad news for EF Education First as Alberto Bettiol punctured as the race heated up, putting him out of contention for the stage.

Michael Woods looked like he thought about following Alaphilippe but hesitated just that moment too long, making a half-hearted move that quickly drifted back to the peloton.

12. Mitchelton-Scott (up two positions)

Matteo Trentin has a bit of license on these sort of stages and he's looked pretty good so far despite having very little support. 

A fast-finishing sixth place didn't do justice to his ride, and the current European champion looks to be in a fine vein of form.

13. Bahrain Merida (down one position) 

Well, Rohan Dennis definitely isn't making a push for the GC, after finishing over eight minutes down. He's stated that he's here for Nibali and stages, but this acts as confirmation there isn't a sneaky GC bid going on.

Nibali is still keeping his options open with a main bunch finish.

14. Groupama-FDJ (down one position)

Good day for Thibaut Pinot, gaining five seconds on all his GC rivals apart from Bernal. He's not traditionally renowned as a punchy rider but it is an area that he's improved in recent years, now a force in the Classics as well as the stage races.

15. Trek-Segafredo (up four positions)

Really top-notch showing by Jasper Stuyven, looking the best from the peloton until Matthews burst by him late in the stage.

Their Tour won't be judged ultimately on third-place finishes and they remain in a bad spot with their leader Richie Porte.  

Best Results: Jasper Stuyven 3rd Stage 3

16. Total Direct Energie (up five positions)

Always nice to find out about the random French riders that the Pro Continental teams drag to the Tour. Paul Ourselin was in the breakaway on Stage 3, biggest race of his life and it turns out his best result is a win in a race I've never heard of, the Paris - Mantes-en-Yvelines.  

17. Team Arkea-Samsic (up five positions)

Bit of TV time for the French squad as they made their first early breakaway with Anthony Delaplace. Was always going to be a hiding to nothing and Warren Barguil wasn't a factor in the finale.

18. Katusha-Alpecin (down seven positions)

Horrible day for Katusha-Alpecin after a very good time trial had their riders holding some good positions on the general classification. They undid their good work with an awful day, with nobody making the front group.

The team are going presumably go stage-hunting from here, but there isn't an obvious path to victory.

19. Astana (down three positions)

Fuglsang seems to have made a good recovery from his Stage 1 crash, very good news for the Kazakh squad built around him. He was directly behind Geraint Thomas and just missed the split to the front.

20. UAE Team Emirates (down three positions)

Dan Martin and Rui Costa were in the main group but neither came close to tackling the real puncheurs, they'll need some longer climbs to make an impact.

21. Movistar (down three positions)

Disappointing showing from Valverde as his normal punch wasn't present in the finale. Perhaps his new slimmed-down form has seen him lose a bit of power?

The stage also saw an odd moment as Nairo Quintana made a low key move off the front of the race to claim a single mountain point, with the Colombian clearly harbouring some ambitions in that direction.

22. AG2R-La Mondiale (down two positions)

Romain Bardet survived a puncture and managed to get brought back to the peloton. Alexis Vuillermoz finishing way back in 48th was a bit of a disappointment, having won a similar stage at the Tour back in 2015.

The mountains can't come soon enough for the French squad.

Tour Tracker LIVE: Tour de France Stage 21
Live coverage of the Tour de France 2019 Stage 21: Monday 27 July from 1:55am AEST in the ŠKODA Tour Tracker and SBS OnDemand and SBS from 3am AEST.