• Thomas Skujins tries to cool off in the breakaway during Stage 17 of the 2019 Tour de France (Getty)Source: Getty
Smokin'! Mitchelton-Scott seared up a spot in the tight upper half of the Power Rankings with Matteo Trentin adding a fourth victory to the Australian team's tally. All but two of the non-big name GC teams made it into the breakaway so there's a bit of movement at the Power Rankings station.
Cycling Central

25 Jul 2019 - 1:04 PM  UPDATED 25 Jul 2019 - 2:02 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 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.

1. Deceuninck-Quickstep (same)

Why did the team that holds the yellow jersey - with a lead of over a minute and half - allow Kasper Asgreen into the break with no one there posing a threat to Julian Alaphilippe's jumper? The somewhat logical guess - the team expects the Frenchman to crumble and allowed the Dane a crack at the win. 

Not taking anything way from Asgreen's second place of course. What a performer, like the Insta post says, tirelessly working for one of France's great hopes, then jagging his first Tour podium place!  

Still in yellow, still mellow here at the top. 

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)
Stage 17 - 2nd (Kasper Asgreen)

Current overall and other results:

Yellow jersey - 13 trips to the podium (Julian Alaphilippe)
White jersey - 1 trip to the podium (Enric Mas - Stage 13)

1st overall - Julian Alaphilippe
29th overall - Enric Mas

2. Jumbo-Visma (same)

Here in the Power Rankings basement office we're lovin' the above joint apology video from Tony Martin and Luke Rowe. Could it look any more like they're in the Principal's office?

We kid, we kid. The pair instantly made up on the run into Gap, so this goodwill isn't fake. And yes it was all in the heat of the 36 degrees celsius day plus all the tension involved as the two teams battle for GC bot supremacy.  

Probably a tough punishment but given the potential to collide with spectators, the zero tolerance is understandable. 

The jury made the decision based on additional images to those seen on live television. As the replay crashes in on our coverage in the below clip, SBS understands Rowe then pulls on Martin's jersey in retaliation causing the German to lose control a little.  

Der Panzerwagen was unlikely to assist his GC leader Steven Kruijswijk in the high parts of the upcoming Alpine stages but was a key road captain and general dogsbody on the flats. But off for a early holiday he goes. 

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. Mitchelton-Scott (up one)

Allowed off the domestique leash, Trentin took the stage by the scruff of the neck, making the move (with team mate Chris Juul-Jensen), launching his attack before the final climb and staying away for 14kms solo. 

With a fourth victory at this year's race, the Australian registered squad demonstrated its depth and quality running through the entire team (from domestiques, to GC leaders, to staff) as it immediately shifted its GC focus to stage wins when getting in a break is challenge enough.

We don't dish out this frivously: Chapeau! 

Best Results:

Stage 5 - 3rd (Matteo Trentin)
Stage 9 - 1st (Daryl Impey)
Stage 12 - 1st (Simon Yates)
Stage 15 - 1st (Simon Yates)
Stage 17 - 1st (Matteo Trentin)

Current overall and other results:

Combativity - 1 trip to the podium (Matteo Trentin - Stage 17) 

28th overall - Adam Yates

4. Soudal Lotto (down one)

No room at the inn for your old spot when another team grabs one more stage than you. De Gendt De Gendted again along with Trentin making that call in a pre-stage interview like Babe Ruth calling his home run in the 1932 World Series. Team mate Jens Keukeleire was also there in the break as Tim Wellens held onto his KOM lead despite finishing with the gruppetto. 

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 - 15 trips to the podium (Tim Wellens) 

5. Groupama-FDJ (same)

Kept cool. 

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)

Geraint Thomas stayed upright today as his road captain had better days. Like Jumbo-Visma, Ineos is now down one man after 'the incident' and will be interesting to see how the other teams like BORA and Groupama-FDJ capitalise on this opportunity.  

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

7. BORA-hansgrohe (same)

Daniel Oss and Lukas Pöstlberger in the break for the team today, the beautiful mane crossing the line 7th and the Austrian in 12th. This team is strong enough to have two guys off the front, a man comfortably in the green jersey and Emanuel Buchmann sitting sixth overall. Expect Buchmann to surprise. 

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 - 15 trips to the podium (Peter Sagan)
6th overall - Emanuel Buchmann

8. Bahrain Merida (same) 

Dylan Teuns hoped to emulate Simon Yates and grab a second stage victory from the break. Still impressed in fifth place. 

Best Results:

Stage 5 - 4th (Sonny Colbrelli)
Stage 6 - 1st (Dylan Teuns)
Stage 7 - 4th (Sonny Colbrelli)
Stage 9 - 3rd (Jan Tratnik)
Stage 17 - 5th (Dylan Teuns)

9. Movistar (same)

Nelson Oliveira scooted off down the road for the Big Ms. Mikel Landa is biding his time, ready to open a can of podium busting whoop ass. 

Best Results:

Stage 14 - 6th (Mikel Landa)
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)

Bauke Mollema came home fourth, Thomas Skujins (9th) and Jasper Stuyven (18th) along for part of the ride. Richie survived another day. 

Best Results:

Stage 3 - 3rd (Jasper Stuyven)
Stage 6 - 2nd (Giulio Ciccone)
Stage 13 -5th (Richie Porte)
Stage 17 - 4th (Bauke Mollema)

Current overall and other results:

Yellow jersey - 2 trips to the podium (Giulio Ciccone)
11th overall - Richie Porte

11. EF Education First (same)

Clarke: 'Gave my heart out there'
Former Herald Sun Tour winner Simon Clarke continues to 'chip away' as the EF-Education First road captain vies for a result at the Tour de France.

Simon Clarke tried once again for a Tour stage victory, finishing 11th from the day's break. Kiwi Tom Scully also made the early move. Some lower ranked teams placed better than Clarkey but Uran still sits 9th overall.  

Current overall and other results:

Rigoberto Uran - 9th overall 

12. Wanty Groupe Gobert (up three)

Xandro Meurisse continues to impress, his stint in the break today shooting him SIX PLACES on GC to 13th overall, leaping over team mate Guillame Martin who dropped one place with his efforts. The Alps are still to come, but what a Tour by Wanty this year. Meurisse is more of a punchy rouleur and is likely to drop again, but Martin should strongly make it over next three stages. 

Best Results:

Stage 6 - 3rd (Xandro Meurisse)
Stage 8 - 7th (Xandro Meurisse)

Current overall and other results:

Combativity - 1 trip to the podium (Aime de Gendt - Stage 11) 

13th overall - Xandro Meurisse
15th overall - Guillame Martin

13. UAE Team Emirates (same)

Vegard Stake Laengen (14th), Sergio Henao (15th), Sven Erik Bystrom (19th), Rui Costa (28th) impressive in the break today. Martin and Aru only lost a place on GC due to Xandro Meurisse's performance. 

Best Results:

Stage  4 - 2nd (Alexander Kristoff) 

Current overall and other results:

14th overall - Dan Martin 
17th overall - Fabio Aru

14. Dimension Data (same)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (12th) and Ben King (17th) made the move. Roman Kreuziger slipped one GC position due to Meurisse. A better day for these guys. 

Current overall and other results:

15th overall - Roman Kreuziger  

15. Team Arkea-Samsic (down three)

Despite Warren Barguil's GC position, the team lost points for not making the break given they're not yet a star GC team however strong this overall placing is. 

Current overall and other results:

Combative prize - 1 trip to the podium (Elie Gesbert - Stage 14)

11th overall - Warren Barguil 

16. Cofidis (up four)

Not only had Natnael Berhane, Jesús Herrada, Anthony Pérez and Pierre-Luc Périchon up the road, Périchon (8th) and Herrada (10th) finished the day in the top 10. And with it Herrada bombed up the GC NINE PLACES to 20th.

Best Results:

Stage 4 - 2nd (Alexander Kristoff)
Stage 17 8th, 10th (Pierre-Luc Périchon, Jesús Herrada)

Current overall and other results:

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

20th overall - Jesús Herrada

17. AG2R-La Mondiale (down one)

Alexis Gougeard in the break. Romain Bardet slipped down three spots on GC.

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) 
21st overall - Romain Bardet

18. CCC (up one)

A strong third place for GvA today moves these guys up a notch and their consistency in breakaways rewarded but still no stage win or higher placings. 

Best Results:

Stage 17 - 3rd (Greg van Avermaet) 

Current overall and other results:

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

19. Team Sunweb (down two)

Cees Bol went home. Nico Roche in the break and over the line in 16th. Possibly too tough putting them here but call us the UCI commissaires.

Best Results:

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

20. Astana (down two)

Izagirre shone today. Don't like putting these guys here. 

Best Results:

Stage 6 - 9th (Jakob Fuglsang)
Stage 12 - 2nd (Pello Bilbao)
Stage 17 - 3rd (Gorka Izagirre)

These two teams keep swapping, today Katusha the better making the break with Nils Politt, Total totally missing it. 

21. Katusha-Alpecin (up one)


22. Total Direct Energie (down two)