• Jakob Fuglsang visits the medical truck after he abandoned Stage 16 of the 2019 Tour de France (Getty) (Velo)Source: Velo
With Jakob Fuglsang crashing out of the stage, several teams improved their positions in the Power Rankings which at Stage 16 looks as tired and bruised as the peloton.
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Cycling Central

24 Jul 2019 - 11:58 AM  UPDATED 25 Jul 2019 - 11:47 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 the 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 calculated according to a matrix of stage results, jersey standings and a team's ability to race with panache and flair.

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Zwift SBS Cycling Podcast: Stage 16 - Caleb Ewan makes it two

Stage 16 of the Tour de France 2019, and Caleb rides to his second stage victory on his debut Tour de France.

Ewan scorches to victory in Nîmes
Australian Caleb Ewan powered to his second stage victory at this year's Tour de France coming from behind with a terrific turn of speed in the scorching heat in Nîmes.

1. Deceuninck-Quickstep (same)

The Deceuninck-Quickstep sprint train looked to have the stage sewn up for Elia Viviani, victory certainly the Italian's but for Caleb Ewan's pre-planning and burst of speed he unleashed from a proverbial mile out. 

Did Viviani cook too many biscuits ferrying Alaphilippe's yellow carcass over part of the tough Stage 15 instead of catching a ride in the gruppetto? Ewan's victory margin doesn't demonstrably prove this either way. Perhaps more telling was Viviani not nailing just the 200m he faced effectively on his own so comfortably he was led to that point by first Michael Morkov, then Max Richeze. Or perhaps he was hindered by the head wind. 

But it doesn't matter if the Belgian squad's ambitions diverged from mostly sprint stage wins to spending a few more days in yellow. The team will finish the Tour with not just a stint in yellow and President Macron whispering sweet nothings into Alaphilippe's ear, but three stage wins - one of Alaphilippe's (Stage 3) so full of swagger he and team boss Patrick Lefevere could retire on this Tour's panache cakes alone. 

Relinquish yellow before Paris - pas de soucis.

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)
Stage 16 - 2nd (Elia Viviani)

Current overall and other results:

Yellow jersey - 12 trips to the podium (Julian Alaphilippe)
White jersey - 1 trip to the podium (Enric Mas - Stage 13)
1st overall - Julian Alaphilippe
26th overall - Enric Mas

2. Jumbo-Visma (same)

Tony Martin gave good pain face and epic dribble with the effort it took to withstand the heat and keep the day's break on a leash. Teunissen led Groenewegen ably to one kilometre out, perhaps a little too early and his sprint leader fell back a further spot behind just before the red kite. But noone and nothing was going to stop Caleb today. 

Otherwise it was job done - Kruijswijk holding his 12 second deficit to Geraint Thomas. 

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)
Stage 16 - 3rd (Dylan Groenewegen)

Current overall and other results:

Yellow jersey - 2 stages
3rd overall - Steven Kruijswijk  

3. Soudal Lotto (same)

Despite losing position at today's finish, Caleb Ewan's team mates were present and accounted for at the finale. But their work for today's stage arguably began with their efforts on Stage 15 helping him over the climbs and keeping him inside the time cut.  

Tim Wellens kept his lead in the KOM classification, the break offering no threat, but the day belonged to Ewan, his wife Ryann and daughter Lily. 

Three stage wins for the team, two on debut for Caleb. Onwards and upwards to the Champs!

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)
Stage 16- 1st (Caleb Ewan)

Current overall and other results:

Polka dot jersey - 14 trips to the podium (Tim Wellens)

Unless otherwise stated the following teams kept it tight and survived the heat:

4. Mitchelton-Scott (same)

Adam Yates lies in wait as he switches from GC focus to winning a stage, although he moved one spot upward on GC with the abandon of Jakob Fuglsang. 

Best Results:

Stage 5 - 3rd (Matteo Trentin) 
Stage 9 - 1st (Daryl Impey)
Stage 12 - 1st (Simon Yates)
Stage 15 - 1st (Simon Yates)

Current overall and other results:

24th overall - Adam Yates

5. Groupama-FDJ (same)

Thibaut Pinot is known for not loving the heat. Hard to know how this stage might affect him come the final three Alpine stages but it's a tick in the 'Stage 16 completed unscathed' column. 

Best Results:

Stage 8 - 2nd (Thibaut Pinot) 
Stage 14 - 1st (Thibaut Pinot)
Stage 15 - 2nd (Thibaut Pinot)

Current overall and other results:

4th overall - Thibaut Pinot 

6. Team Ineos (same)

Everyone was bored today. And hot. 

Was the 2018 Tour de France an anomaly and Geraint Thomas resumes normal programming and regularly rendezvous with the pavement? 

It's his third crash this Tour (came down in the Fuglsang Stage 1 crash and the the infamous one in Stage 8 where he landed on and broke a team mate's bike). But he fobbed off concerns following the stage with a "all good, just a bit of blood."

Best Results:

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

Current overall and other results:

White - 6 trips to the podium (Egan Bernal)
2nd overall - Geraint Thomas
5th overall - Egan Bernal

7. BORA-hansgrohe (same)

Peter Sagan said in a mixed zone interview he didn't see the point of the CPA (rider association) if they still had to endure racing in the heat. Still managed fourth and hulks a 93 point lead over Sonny Colbrelli in the green jersey comp. 

Best Results:

Stage 1 - 2nd (Peter Sagan)
Stage 5 - 1st (Peter Sagan)
Stage 7 - 3rd (Peter Sagan)
Stage 14 - 4th (Emanuel Buchmann)
Stage 15 - 4th (Emanuel Buchmann)
Stage 16 - 4th (Peter Sagan)

Current overall and other results:

Green jersey - 14 trips to the podium (Peter Sagan)
6th overall - Emanuel Buchmann

8. Bahrain Merida (same) 

Colbrelli finished 13th today in the bunch finish. Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa's team holds on this spot because of the stage win plus Nibali and other team mates escaping in the Pyrenees. 

Best Results:

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

9. Movistar (same)

Probably time to talk about that Movistar final rest day press conference where apparently totes awks went to die - trotting out Valverde, Landa and Quintana separately to face the press. Valverde said Quintana didn't tell the team during Stage 14 he was having troubles on the Col du Soulor, Quintana subsequently claimed he did tell everyone.

Explains that no-look death stare body language Landa displayed on Stage 15 when he bridged and overtook the Colombian. 

Three team co-leaders that don't press conference together, don't race together. Keep attempting the trident leadership, you should expect all three to race for themselves. 

But the pain continues for Quintana who came down just outside the three kilometre mark and fell further down the standings. Let's hope he can find hope and redemption at a new team next year (rumoured to be Arkea Samsic)

Expect Landa to spectacularly attack and probably explode attempting a podium place or more in the Alps, improving on his current 4:54 deficit to Alaphilippe but it might be entertaining to see him and the team try. 

Best Results:

Stage 15 - 3rd (Mikel Landa) 

Current overall and other results:

Mikel Landa - 7th overall
Alejandro Valverde 8th 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:

10. Trek-Segafredo (same)

Richie moved into the top 10 after Fuglsang's abandonment. Let's see him rip in on the Alps. 

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)
11th overall - Richie Porte

11. EF Education First (up one)

Uran is higher than Porte on GC but remember Ciccone's stint in the yellow jersey? 

Current overall and other results:

Rigoberto Uran - 9th overall 

12. Team Arkea-Samsic (up one)

Warren Barguil now sits 11th with Fugslang's abandonment.  

Current overall and other results:

Combative prize - 1 trip to the podium (Elie Gesbert - Stage 14)
11th overall - Warren Barguil 

13. UAE Team Emirates (up two)

Two crashes - Fuglsang's and Roman Kreuizger's (more below) - benefited Dan Martin and Fabio Aru today in terms of the overall standings and the Power Rankings. Alexander Kristoff finished 9th without Jasper Phillipsen, his team never intending him to finish a complete debut Tour de France and shipped him home before the start of the tough stuff on Stage 12. But otherwise white-shorted survival mode. Rui Costa may try his chances on the finish into Gap tomorrow reliving his Tour victory there in 2013. 

Best Results:

Stage  4 - 2nd (Alexander Kristoff) 

Current overall and other results:

13th overall - Dan Martin 
16th overall - Fabio Aru

14. Dimension Data (same)

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Roman Kreuziger came down hard outside the three kilometre mark and finished a minute down. He is set to continue in the race and just kept hold of his 14th place overall (because of Fuglsang) with Martin having a better time and leapfrogging him. The team also had Lars Bak in the break today and Eddie the Boss finished 12th in the bunchie. They're trying. 

Current overall and other results:

14th overall - Roman Kreuziger  

15. Wanty Groupe Gobert (up one)

Guillame Martin moved up another place on GC.  

Best Results:

Stage  6 - 3rd (Xandro Meurisse) 

Current overall and other results:

Combativity - 1 trip to the podium (Aime de Gendt - Stage 11) 
15th overall - Guillame Martin

16. AG2R-La Mondiale (up two)

A combativity prize for Alexis Gougeard in the break and Romain Bardet moving up a place overall lifts these guys up the rankings a bit. 

Best Results:

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

Current overall and other results:

Combativity - trip to the podium ( Alexis Gougeard - Stage 16)
18th overall - Romain Bardet

17. Team Sunweb (same)

The team plan was for Michael Matthews to lead out Cees Bol today, but Bol didn't have the legs and Matthews was told to go for it. A 6th place on the stage is great considering the change of tack so late in proceedings.  

Best Results:

Stage 2 - 4th (TTT) 
Stage 3 - 2nd (Michael Matthews)
Stage 15 - 6th (Lennard Kamna)
Stage 16 - 6th (Michael Matthews)

18. Astana (down seven)

GC crashes scar Stage 16
The 16th stage claims Jakob Fuglsang and temporarily takes down defending champ Geraint Thomas with five days remaining in the 106th Tour de France.

Sure, now with Fuglsang not in the overall and also Luis Leon Sanchez gone, there's little keeping them here. But Bilbao's second place on a climby stage to Simon Yates plus a couple of other expressions of flair keeping Fuglsang in the race despite the Stage 1 crash and how they all swamped around him at today's crash site, and we don't have the heart to kick them further to the kerb. Plus, they're likely to again animate the remaining stages.

Best Results:

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

19. CCC (same)

Lukas Wisnowski in the break continues Simon Geschke's work from Stage 15. 

Current overall and other results:

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

20. Cofidis (same)

Stephane Rosetto in the break AGAIN. Great stuff.  

Current overall and other results:

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

21. Total Direct Energie (up one)

Katusha-Alpecin and these guys swap places today as Total got another man in the break with Paul Ourselin.

22. Katusha-Alpecin (down one)