• Tourmalet during the fourteenth stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France (Getty)Source: Getty
The Tourmalet. Where Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe kept all of France's Tour dreams alive and where other GC contenders' dreams went to die.
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Cycling Central

21 Jul 2019 - 11:06 AM  UPDATED 21 Jul 2019 - 12:59 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. 

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. 

Rankings are done according to a matrix of stage results, jersey standings and a team's ability to race with panache and flair.

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1. Deceuninck-Quickstep (same)

Just when you think Julian Alaphilippe can't hold on to the yellow jersey any longer, he keeps all of France's dreams alive by out climbing more credentialled climbers. Last year's KOM classication winner, Alaphilippe stuck it out on the brutal Tourmalet finish, finishing just six seconds behind Pinot with an acceleration of his own. 

The records keep on falling the longer he holds the jersey. He is the first Frenchman to win in the yellow jersey (the ITT) since Laurent Fignon in 1989 and also the first Frenchman since 1984 to win an ITT while in yellow, also  Laurent Fignon. 

Alaphilippe's team mate Enric Mas did not fare so well, finishing almost three minutes behind stage winner Pinot, and slips to 10th overall with the white jersey now back on Bernal's shoulders. 

Best Results:

Stage 2 - 3rd (TTT)
Stage 3 - 1st (Julian Alaphilippe)
Stage 4 - 1st (Elia Viviani)
Stage 8 - 3rd (Julian Alaphilippe)
Stage 10 - 2nd (Elia Viviani)
Stage 11 - 3rd (Elia Viviani)
Stage 13 - 1st (Julian Alaphilippe)
Stage 14 - 2nd (Julian Alaphilippe)

Current overall and other results:

Yellow jersey - 10 trips to the podium (Julian Alaphilippe)
White jersey - 1 trip to the podium (Enric Mas - after Stage 13)
1st overall - Julian Alaphilippe
10th overall - Enric Mas

2. Jumbo-Visma (same)

Steven Kruijswijk and Jumbo Visma continue to impress, the Dutchman finishing third on the same time as Alaphilippe. George Bennett's 11th place at 58 seconds today is the measure of the work the Kiwi punched out for his leader. Like the TTT, Jumbo-Visma looked to have the edge over Ineos today.  

Bennett said just before the Tour, Kruijswijk would lose time in the opening two weeks and make it up in the Alps. But we're still in the Pyrenees and his deficit to Thomas is now just 12 seconds and he enjoys a 46 second edge over Bernal.

Kruijswijk is a contender, not a pretender. 

Best Results:

Stage 1 - 1st (Mike Teunissen)
Stage 2 - 1st (TTT)
Stage 7 - 1st (Dylan Groenewegen)
Stage 10 - 1st (Wout van Aert)
STage 14 - 3rd (Steven Kruijswijk)

Current overall and other results:

Yellow jersey - 2 stages
3rd overall - Steven Kruijswijk  

3. Soudal Lotto (same)

An aggressive hunt from Tim Wellens to get in the break and grab the maximum points on the category one Col du Soulor. He still leads the KOM classification although Pinot moved closer after winning atop the hors categorie Tourmalet. 

Best Results:

Stage 1 - 3rd (Caleb Ewan) 
Stage 4 - 3rd (Caleb Ewan)
Stage 7 - 2nd (Caleb Ewan)
Stage 8 - 1st (Thomas de Gendt)
Stage 9 - 2nd (Tiesj Benoot)
Stage 11- 1st (Caleb Ewan)
Stage 13- 3rd (Thomas de Gendt)

Current overall and other results:

Polka dot jersey - 12 trips to the podium (Tim Wellens)

4. Team Ineos (up one)

Typically, the red stormtroopers surround their leaders for much longer than they did today. But Ineos on a weak day resembles the strongest of other world tour squads with Thomas still in the box seat despite losing 36 seconds to current race leader Alaphilippe and 30 seconds to Kruijswijk. 

Thomas does look out of sorts though. Ineos still has the Bernal card to play and as his strong performance  hanging tough with the leaders on the Tourmalet indicated, it could be the trump card. The Colombian also moved back up a spot on GC to 4th overall and recaptured the white jersey. 

Best Results:

Stage 2 - 2nd (TTT)
Stage 6 - 4th (Geraint Thomas)
Stage 13- 2nd (Geraint Thomas)
Stage 14- 5nd (Egan Bernal)

Current overall and other results:

White - 4 trips to the podium (Egan Bernal)
2nd overall - Geraint Thomas
4th overall - Egan Bernal

5. BORA-hansgrohe (down one)

The kitchen extractor-bathroom tap team can't rest on its one stage win and green jersey laurels for much longer and that's why the team moved down a notch especially compared to Ineos with Bernal's GC improvement, his white jersey and still Thomas second overall. 

But Emanual Buchmann is flying under many a pundit's radar, the German finishing fourth on the same time as Kruijswijk and jumping a GC spot to 5th overall. This is as far Bora-hansgrohe slips for a little while yet. 

Best Results:

Stage 1 - 2nd (Peter Sagan)
Stage 5 - 1st (Peter Sagan)
Stage 7 - 3rd (Peter Sagan)
Stage 14 -4th (Emanuel Buchmann)

Current overall and other results:

Green jersey - 12 trips to the podium (Peter Sagan)
5th overall - Emanuel Buchmann

6. Groupama-FDJ (up four)

The Tour has used the Tourmalet as a summit finish just three times and Thibaut Pinot joins only Jean-Pierre Danguillaume (1974) and Andy Schleck (2010) as winners. That's worthy of a significant rankings jump and in our books tops Mitchelton-Scott's two stage wins before we even ponder the contribution of team mates including David Gaudu. Pinot also jumped up a GC placing and is now just one minute and 10 seconds down on Thomas. 

The Frenchman is far from done. 

Best Results:

Stage 8 - 2nd (Thibaut Pinot)
Stage 14 - 1st (Thibaut Pinot)

Current overall and other results:

6th overall - Thibaut Pinot 

7. Mitchelton-Scott (down one)

Adam Yates went off the back well before the tough stuff today. His team getting him back to the pelo the first time plus the two stage wins is why they're not slipping further. 

Best Results:

Stage  5 - 3rd (Matteo Trentin) 
Stage  9 - 1st (Daryl Impey)
Stage  12 - 1st (Simon Yates)

Current overall and other results:

18th overall - Adam Yates

8. Bahrain Merida (down one) 

Good to see Vincenzo Nibali slip off the front early with Peter Sagan and then Matej Mohoric as a larger group formed by the chasers. This, the Planche stage win and past breakaway performances or closer to the bottom they drop. 

Best Results:

Stage 5 - 4th (Sonny Colbrelli) 
Stage 6 - 1st (Dylan Teuns)
Stage 7 - 4th (Sonny Colbrelli) 
Stage 9 - 3rd (Jan Tratnik)

9. EF Education First (same)

You can't fault momentum. After a good day on the ITT bike yesterday, Rigoberto Uran lost just 30 seconds today and moved up a spot on GC. 

Current overall and other results:

Rigoberto Uran 7th overall

10. Astana (up one)

Jakob Fuglsang said he couldn't follow the accelerations of others on the Tourmalet, but it was a better day for Astana, the Dane finishing 10th on the stage and jumping five places on GC. Plus Luis Leon Sanchez in the break. 

Best Results:

Stage  6 - 9th (Jakob Fuglsang) 
Stage  12 - 2nd (Pello Bilbao)

Current overall and other results:

8th overall - Jakob Fuglsang

11. Movistar (up one)

Yet another odd day for the men in blue. Nairo Quintana haemorrhaged three minutes and 24 seconds, and sunk to 14th on GC. But Mikel Landa finished 6th and Alejandro Valverde 12th on the stage, the world champion taking the Colombian's 9th place overall (from 12th) and Landa jumping seven spots to 11th on GC. Movistar also had Carlos Verona in the break. 

The Movistar Tour de France strategy is always strange and we always buy into it, when will we ever learn?

Current overall and other results:

Alejandro Valverde 9th overall
Mikel Landa - 11th overall

Without stage wins and/or stronger placings on GC, the remaining teams will be ranked based on any podium prizes, breakaways and/or best stage placings:

12. Trek-Segafredo (down four)

Richie cracked. But moved up three spots on GC from 15th. 

WATCH: Koen de Kort talks about climbing the Tourmalet

Best Results:

Stage 3 - 3rd (Jasper Stuyven) 
Stage 6 - 2nd (Giulio Ciccone)
Stage 13 -5th (Richie Porte)

Current overall and other results:

Yellow jersey - 2 trips to the podium (Giulio Ciccone)
12th overall - Richie Porte

13. Team Arkea-Samsic (up nine)

Warren Barguil moved nine places on GC, finished 9th on today's stage, and now moves nine in the Power Rankings. Elie Gesbert got away in the break and was awarded the combativity prize. The team has turned a corner. 

Current overall and other results:

Combative prize - 1 trip to the podium (Elie Gesbert)
13th overall - Warren Barguil 

14. UAE Team Emirates (up one)

Jump over CCC despite Greg van Avermaet's early trips to the podium for the polka dots because of the positions of Dan Martin and Fabio Aru on GC which aren't amazing and Martin's worsened (down 5 from 11th) but they're still in the top 20. Plus they also had Sergio Henao in the break today. 

Best Results:

Stage  4 - 2nd (Alexander Kristoff) 

Current overall and other results:

16th overall - Dan Martin
20th overall - Fabio Aru

15. CCC (down two)

Had noone in the break so should really slip down but for past performances in breaks and the early dots. 

Current overall and other results:

Polka dots jersey - 2 trips to the podium for GvA to get the KOM jersey. 

16. Team Sunweb (down two)

Lennard Kamna in the break for Sunweb today. Had a few close victory shaves with Bling and a strong 17th yetserday in the ITT with Chad Haga but this team is capable of so much more.  

Stage  2 - 4th (TTT) 
Stage  3 - 2nd (Michael Matthews)

17. Wanty Groupe Gobert (up one)

Guillame Martin in the break. 

Best Results:

Stage  6 - 3rd (Xandro Meurisse) 

Current overall and other results:

Combativity - 1 trip to the podium (Aime de Gendt)  

18. Cofidis (down two)

Noone in the break today but their visit to the podium with Berhane for aggressive rider on Stage 10 is at least better than Ag2R right now. 

Current overall and other results:

Combativity - 1 trip to the podium (Natnael Berhane - Stage 10)  

19. Katusha-Alpecin (same)

Consistently getting in breaks. Today's stars there for Katusha were Ilnur Zakarin and Marco Haller. 

20. AG2R-La Mondiale (down three)

Romain Bardet finished over 20 minutes in the hole today, finding the going tough before any real climbing started. Alexis Vuillermoz tried to get our attention in the break but that's it. 

Best Results:

Stage  9 - 4th (Oliver Naesen) 
Stage  12 - 7th (Oliver Naesen)

Current overall and other results:

17th overall - Romain Bardet

21. Total Direct Energie (same)

Three in the break today with  Lilian Calmejane, Romain Sicard and Rein Taaramëe. 

22. Dimension Data (down two)

Should've brought Cav.