• Romain Bardet said he hopes to take the dots to Paris as a way to salvage his 'disastorous' Tour de France (Getty)Source: Getty
Just like that, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet turned their fortunes around in the only classification that really matters, the Power Rankings.
Cycling Central

26 Jul 2019 - 2:52 PM  UPDATED 27 Jul 2019 - 10:11 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 18 - A Colombian success, a showdown looms

Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France, and a Colombian success with Quintana, and Alaphilippe is still in Yellow... until now..

Colombians shine at altitude with Quintana, Bernal on song
Nairo Quintana seized an indelible victory in Valloire and Egan Bernal moved to second overall ahead of team mate Geraint Thomas, both Colombians launching their attacks on the Col de Galibier.

1. Deceuninck-Quickstep (same)

Um, like, if you want to get rid of the yellow jersey, who is the best descender (behind only Nibali maybe) in the peloton, maybe have more than 20 seconds over him by the time you top the Galibier. 

K. Thx. Bai. 


Dropped on the Galibier? No worries. 

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

1st overall - Julian Alaphilippe
28th overall - Enric Mas

2. Jumbo-Visma (same)

Woah. Two nasty crashes for George Bennett. But he vows to keep on keeping on. Quite possibly why the team looked a little less Ineos-esque today, that and their road captain Tony Martin leaving for a forced holiday. 

Bennett: 'Absolute a***hole of a day'
New Zealand's George Bennett pledges to continue the Tour de France despite suffering from two dramatic crashes on the Alpine stage to Valloire.

Steven Kruijswijk still finished with Geraint Thomas and the other faves but slipped a place along with the Welshman after Egan Bernal went on the attack on the Galibier, putting in 32 seconds. Amund Groendahl Jansen and Mike Teunissen also in the break but probably to help them make the time cut.  

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 (Mike Teunissen)
4th overall - Steven Kruijswijk

3. Mitchelton-Scott (same)

We're so used to these guys winning at this year's Tour, we experience slight withdrawal not seeing inside a jubilantly emotional Aussie team car or face-covering sunnies appearing in a finish line victory salute. 

Not content with the team's four victories, Adam Yates, Daryl Impey and Chris Juul Jensen went with the early move, Yates igniting much of it. Preceding Nairo Quintana's attack before the Galibier's crest, he was in a group with Bardet and Michael Woods, the Brit insitigating much of the pursuit behind Greg van Avermaet and Julien Bernard. 

Still two more opportunities for this quality team to score one more victory. 

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 (same)

Tim Wellens valiantly tried to defend his KOM lead, scooping up the maximum points on the category 1 Col de Vars, but Bardet was determined to change jerseys by the stage end and he grabbed the choccies on the HC Col d'Izoard and 30 points in second behind Nairo Quintana over Galibier. 

Tiesj Benoot finished sixth from the break. That's going on the Best Results list. 

We're also hoping Ewan recovered from this crash:

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)
Stage 18- 6th (Tiesj Benoot)

Current overall and other results:

Polka dot jersey - 15 trips to the podium (Tim Wellens - KOM reign ended Stage 18) 

5. Groupama-FDJ (same)

Like G and Kruijswijk, Thibaut Pinot finished slipped down a placing because of Egan Bernal's late attack. Like the Dutchman, he was able to respond to G's attacks. Pinot said he fears speed, especially downhill, but he went OK. 

Best Results:

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

Current overall and other results:

5th overall - Thibaut Pinot 

6. BORA-hansgrohe (up one)

Peter Sagan found interest in the break until the intermediate sprint and then hung on to survive the day while his team mate Emanuel Buchmann held his GC place.

But finally put the German registered squad ahead of Ineos, their high placings with G and Bernal no longer holding weight here with just two stages remaining and while Bernal impressed, their team tactics didn't. 

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

7. Movistar (up two)

Some later said the stain on his jersey was a gel and not blood, but either way, Nairo Quintana kept the nosebleed section entertained with his peformance. Like Landa before him, Quintana is only two Alpine wrangling stages away from a podium place. 

We mock the three-pronged approach and tactics of this team (and we have several times here) because it has sometimes lurched into dysfunction. But looking at the GC and it's not so ludicrous right now. Quintana jumped a whopping five spots to 7th (3:54) pushing Mikel Landa down a spot (4:54) and Alejandro Valverde is 10th overall (5:58). 

Tactics seemed bewildering as the Big Ms drove some of the chase behind Quintana, but apparently it's a thing in Spain if they win the team competition, which Movistar now leads again after Trek-Segafredo's brief stint back in the yellow helmets. 

Movistar trumps Ineos with a stage win and three riders in the top 10.  

Best Results:

Stage 14 - 6th (Mikel Landa)
Stage 15 - 3rd (Mikel Landa)
Stage 18 - 1st (Nairo Quintana)

Current overall and other results:

Nairo Quintana - 7th overall
Mikel Landa - 8th overall
Alejandro Valverde 10th overall

8. Team Ineos (down two)

Bernal: 'G asked me to attack'
No turmoil at Ineos as rising star Egan Bernal claims team-mate and defending champion Geraint Thomas gave a green light to launch attack on Galibier during final climb of 18th stage at Tour de France.

Strong as Bernal and Thomas appeared on the Galibier, Ineos' tactics were not only at odds with each other, they were just odd.  

Bernal took his climbing legs for a dance and seemed clear. So why did Thomas attack? Hard not to think the Colombian might've put a minute into everyone if it wasn't for this move which eventually dragged Pinot and Kruijswijk along for the ride.  

If the other answer is - it was to drop Alaphilippe, then why not drop the descending professor much earlier on the climb? 

That's not taking anything away from Alaphilippe who said he took maximum risks to catch back on. But it's Alaphilippe, he's like *insert gif with the dog desparately trying not to eat the dog biscuit sitting on its head* when it comes to descending and swagger WITHOUT the golden fleece on his shoulders. 

After the stage Bernal said he had the legs and G told him to go up the road. Wonder if he had the legs for an earlier attack too to really put the screws on the GC faves. 

Do Ineos want to dead cert win this thing, or do they want to try and win with a Brit? 

Bernal also went to great lengths to explain G was still the leader.

K. Come Paris and the swashbuckler is still in yellow, could this be How the Race Was Lost?

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 - 8 trips to the podium (Egan Bernal)
2nd overall - Egan Bernal
3rd overall - Geraint Thomas

9. Bahrain Merida (down one) 

Damiano Caruso in the break. 

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)

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)

Julien Bernard animated the break, Richie Porte slipped a spot but protected his 6:30 deficit finishing with the yellow jersey/Thomas group. 

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)

MIchael Woods animated the break, Rigoberto Uran kept his position on GC and came home with the Thomas group. 

Current overall and other results:

Rigoberto Uran - 9th overall 

12. Wanty Groupe Gobert (same)

Wanty-Gobert on a Tour blinder with Martin and Meurisse
With just three stages left in the 2019 Tour de France Team Wanty Gobert continues to surprise with consistent performances by climber Guillaume Martin and all-rounder Xandro Meurisse.

Xandro Meurisse said before the stage he realistically expected to lose his 13th place overall in the Alps, and he did but remains in the top 20 at 17th.

Team mate Guillame Martin replaced him in 13th on GC. This interview is also from before Stage 18:

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 - Guillame Martin 
17th overall - Xandro Meurisse

13. Team Arkea-Samsic (up two)

Another day, another day Warren Barguil stays in the top 15. Today he came home not too far behind the yellow jersey/Thomas group. All this deserves a rankings jump. 

Current overall and other results:

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

12th overall - Warren Barguil 

14. AG2R-La Mondiale (up three)

While Romain Bardet is not higher than Aru or Kreuziger on GC, his efforts earned him not just the polka dot jersey but jump in the rankings. If he keeps them til Paris, it will save his 'disastorous' 2019 Tour. 

Best Results:

Stage 9 - 4th (Oliver Naesen)
Stage 12 - 7th (Oliver Naesen)
Stage 18 - 2nd (Romain Bardet)

Current overall and other results:

Polka dot jersey - 2 trips to the podium (Romain Bardet - Stage 18,19) 
Combativity - trip to the podium (Alexis Gougeard - Stage 16) 
18th overall - Romain Bardet

15. UAE Team Emirates (down two)

Dan Martin slipped to 19th but Aru replaced him in 14th overall.  

Best Results:

Stage  4 - 2nd (Alexander Kristoff) 

Current overall and other results:

14th overall - Fabio Aru 
19th overall - Dan Martin

16. Dimension Data (down two)

Roman Kreuziger hung tough. 

Current overall and other results:

15th overall - Roman Kreuziger  

17. CCC (up one)

GvA earned the combativity prize today and a two spot jump for his team here.

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
combativity prize - 1 trip to the podium for GvA (Stage 18)

18. Astana (up two)

A string of consitent places plus Lutsenko always active and/or working hard for his now abandoned GC leader. The Kazakh national champion finished strongly in third.

Best Results:

Stage 6 - 9th (Jakob Fuglsang)
Stage 12 - 2nd (Pello Bilbao)
Stage 17 - 3rd (Gorka Izagirre)
Stage 18 - 3rd (Alexey Lutsenko)

19. Team Sunweb (same)

Lennard Kamna impressed again, this time fourth. Nico Roche crashed with Bennett. 

Best Results:

Stage 2 - 4th (TTT)
Stage 3 - 2nd (Michael Matthews)
Stage 15 - 6th (Lennard Kamna)
Stage 16 - 6th (Michael Matthews)
Stage 18 - 4th (Lennard Kamna)

20. Cofidis (down three)

Jesús Herrada slipped to 24th. Pierre-Luc Périchon and Stéphane Rossetto active in the break. 

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)  

24th overall - Jesús Herrada

= 21 . Katusha-Alpecin / Total Direct Energie