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Ag2r La Mondiale 8 / 10
At times their band of climbing domestiques were unexpectedly formidable on the climbs and descents, although they failed to translate strong positions into significant time gains.
Astana 7 / 10
The team’s weaknesses were exposed when they struggled to defend the yellow jersey for two days, especially after the on-form Jakob Fuglsang forced to retire.
Nevertheless, Fabio Aru’s fifth place, stage win at La Planche des Belles Filles and spell in yellow constitute a good Tour.
Bahrain-Merida 2 /10
The loss of Ion Izagirre on day one following a crash in the prologue immediately set Bahrain-Merida on the back foot, and they were largely invisible for the rest of the race barring Sonny Colbrelli’s diligent pursuit of green jersey points.
BMC 3 / 10
The team had to drastically alter their strategy from riding for GC to chasing stage wins when Richie Porte crashed out of the race on the descent of the Mont du Chat.
They came close several times - especially Greg Van Avermaet, who was second in the uphill sprint to Rodez - but failure to land one amplified the team’s disappointment.
Bora-Hansgrohe 7 / 10
But the team maintained its relevance by getting riders into breaks and contesting the sprints with Rudi Selig, and enjoyed a welcome surprise in the final weekend through Maciej Bodner’s success in the time trial, adding a second stage win following Sagan’s in Longwy.
Cannondale-Drapac 9 / 10
It might have been an unflashy ride, but Rigoberto Uran’s second place overall and a stage win was way beyond what both he and his team could possibly have hoped for going into the Tour.
Following a few years in the doldrums, Cannondale-Drapac again look like a Grand Tour force to be reckoned with.
Cofidis 2 / 10
The good news: Nacer Bouhanni not only made it to the start-line, but even managed to finish the Tour de France for the first time in his career.
The bad news: despite having all the team’s hopes invested in him, the best the Frenchman could manage was fourth place in the sprints at Vittel and the Champs Élysées.
Dimension Data 6 / 10
The crash in Vittel means we’ll never know for sure what level Mark Cavendish could have reached at the Tour.
But in his absence a resurgent Edvald Boasson Hagen flourished, coming agonisingly close in a bunch sprint at Nuits-Saint-Georges and uphill sprint at Romans-sur-Eglise, before eventually landing that all-important stage win from a breakaway on stage 19.
Direct Energie 7 / 10
As Thomas Voeckler retires, Direct Energie appear to have unearthed another punchy breakaway star in the form of Lilian Calmejane, who won stage eight in fine style.
As a small French team, that result alone is enough to make their Tour a resounding success.
FDJ 6 / 10
Marc Madiot’s squad ended the race in a decrepit state, with just four of their riders making it to Paris.
But it should not be forgotten just how great a start they made to the race with Arnaud Démare winning a stage holding the green jersey before missing the time-cut on the mountainous stage to Chambery.
Fortuneo-Oscaro 5 /10
The dream of a stage win eluded them, but Fortuneo-Oscaro justified their wildcard invitation by playing a lively role in the race.
Pierre-Luc Perichon particularly impressed by getting into plenty of breaks and making the top 10 at the Champs Élysées stage, while Dan McLay registered three top-10 finishes in the sprints.
Katusha-Alpecin 2 / 10
It was a frustratingly inert Tour from Katusha-Alpecin.
Tony Martin could only manage fourth in both time trials despite his world champion status, Alexander Kristoff was outclassed in the sprints, and none of their other riders managed to pull a surprise breakaway win out of the bag.
LottoNL-Jumbo 7 / 10
Two stage wins by two breakout riders made this an excellent Tour for LottoNL-Jumbo. And they were big wins, too - Primoz Roglic under the backdrop of the Alps on the Galibier stage, and Dylan Groenewegen on the streets of Paris in the unofficial sprinter’s world championships.
It could’ve been even better had George Bennett not been forced to abandon while lying twelfth overall.
Lotto-Soudal 4 / 10
Lotto-Soudal deserve an A for effort, having diligently continue to lead out a below-par André Greipel, as well as animating several breaks - most notably Thomas de Gendt, whose pathological desire to attack augmented his cult status.
But a stage win remained elusive and, for the first time since 2010, they come home from the Tour empty handed.
Movistar 1 / 10
By their very high standards, Movistar endured a shocker of a Tour.
It all went wrong from day one when Alejandro Valverde crashed out of the race, and managed to get worse when Nairo Quintana performed well below what we’ve come to expect from him, hobbling his way to just 12th overall.
Orica-Scott 6 / 10
Given their successes in recent Grand Tours, Orica-Scott might have hoped for more than seventh overall courtesy of Simon Yates and no stage wins, but Esteban Chaves wasn’t fit enough to mount a GC challenge, and the team no longer select so many specialist stage win-hunters.
Still, Yates’ victory in the young riders' classification earned the team the prestige of winning a jersey.
Quick-Step Floors 9 / 10
Just as they did at the Giro d'Italia through Fernando Gaviria, Quick-Step Floors dominated the bunch sprints, this time with Marcel Kittel storming his way to five stage wins.
To top it off, Dan Martin also placed sixth on GC, the highest Tour de France GC finish the team has achieved in its entire 14-year existence.
The only disappointment was Kittel’s abandonment and subsequent loss of the green jersey, as well as Dan Martin’s unfortunate time losses early in the race.
Team Sky 10 /10
Geraint Thomas’ stage one win and subsequent stint in yellow, Mikel Landa’s fourth overall and victory in the team classification made this an extra-special Tour.
The team’s internal harmony, exemplified by the self-sacrificial performance of Michal Kwiatkowski and Landa’s display of loyalty amidst worries of a revolt, will have still further sweetened the sensation of winning.
Team Sunweb 10 / 10
Buoyed it seems by Tom Dumoulin’s victory at the Giro d’Italia, Team Sunweb were firing on all cylinders at the Tour, and were the race’s surprise package.
In a remarkable seven-day period Michael Matthews won twice in the crosswinds of the Massif Central and an uphill sprint in Rodez, Warren Barguil won in the Pyrenees and atop the Col d’Izoard in the Alps, and both riders solidified leads in the points and mountains classification respectively.
The green jersey, the polka-dot jersey and four stage wins speak for themselves.
Trek-Segafredo 6 / 10
Alberto Contador’s GC bid may never have got going, but he did, as ever, animate the race with a thrilling attack from the off on the short Pyrenean stage to Foix.
The team’s best result, however, came courtesy of Bauke Mollema, who grabbed a win via a long solo attack on stage 15’s lumpy day in the Massif Central.
UAE Team Emirates 5 / 10
It was a reasonable Tour for UAE Team Emirates, who managed to guide Louis Meintjes to eighth overall.
It would have been considerably more successful, however, had Darwin Atapuma hung on to resist Warren Barguil’s challenge on the Col d’Izoard, or had Diego Ulissi’s group caught Mollema on stage 15.
Wanty-Groupe Gobert 5 / 10
As a Pro Continental team invited to ride the Tour via a wildcard, Wanty-Groupe Gobert successfully fulfilled their purpose of frequenting most of the race’s breakaways.
They might have been just a tad disappointed when Guillaume Martin’s bid for a potential high GC place and white jersey challenge fizzled out into 23rd overall, but that would have been a lot to ask of a rider making their Tour debut.
Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.
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