Vuelta a España 2019 ratings: how did each team perform?

Ratings from the final Grand Tour of year

AG2R La Mondiale 6/10

Geoffrey Bouchard in the mountains jersey on stage 18 of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Pierre Latour was the biggest name in an inexperienced line-up, and nearly won on the fearsome Los Machucos mountain top finish, but it was Geoffrey Bouchard on his Grand Tour debut who emerged as the star man, climbing aggressively to win the King of the Mountains classification.

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Astana 6/10

Miguel Angel Lopez took the race lead on stage five the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

After winning the opening team time trial and playing hot potato with the red jersey throughout the first week, Astana failed to deliver on a promising start, as an inconsistent Miguel Ángel López only managed an underwhelming fifth overall. On the plus side, Jakob Fuglsang managed a consolation stage win.

Bahrain-Merida 5/10

Dylan Teuns during his short-lived spell in the red jersey (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The team enjoyed one day defending the red jersey courtesy of Dylan Teuns, who also spent much of the race hovering around the top ten. Hermann Pernsteiner was a revelation in the mountains, but inconsistency meant he only finished 15th overall.

Bora-Hansgrohe 8/10

Sam Bennett wins stage 14 of the Vuelta a España 2019 (Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images)

As at the Giro, the team were the dominant force in the bunch sprints, this time courtesy of Sam Bennett, who won two stages and was second on three other occasions. Rafał Majka also repeated his Giro result with a solid sixth overall.

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Burgos-BH 9/10

Angel Madrazo rides to victory on stage five of the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Last in the team time trial felt like a bad omen, but the wildcard team bounced back sensationally. Ángel Madrazo and Jetse Bol’s one-two on stage five was the highlight, while Madrazo also enjoyed a memorable two week spell in the King of the Mountains jersey.

Caja Rural 6/10

Aranburu finishes second on stage 12 of the 2019 Vuelta a España (ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

The only wildcard team not to win a stage, Caja Rural nevertheless impressed by coming very close. Their most eye-catching rider was Alex Aranburu, who road aggressively throughout and twice finished second.

CCC Team 3/10

Patrick Bevin on the stage 10 time trial at the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Another quiet Grand Tour for the Polish team would have been rescued as a success had Jumbo-Visma’s Primož Roglič not robbed Patrick Bevin of a time trial at the last minute. They sorely missed Victor de la Parte, who abandoned on stage six after a promising start.

Cofidis 8/10

Jesús Herrada takes revenge after his brother missed out the previous day (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Jesús Herrada avenged the narrow defeat of his brother Jose on stage five with a stage win of his own, and days later Nicolas Edet had the honour of defending the red jersey for a day. For a wildcard team, that’s about as much as you could ask for.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step 9/10

Philippe Gilbert wins stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a España (Image: Sunada)

We’ve grown accustomed to Deceuninck-Quick-Step accumulating huge hauls of stage wins at Grand Tours, but not quite in this manner. Only two came in bunch sprints this time, through Fabio Jakobsen, while the rest came from breakaways – twice with Philippe Gilbert, and once with Rémi Cavagna.

Dimension Data 1/10

Ben O’Connor at the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

With Edvlad Boasson Hagen, Lois Meintjes, Ben O’Connor and last year’s double-stage winner Ben King all starting, Dimension Data had the talent to avoid yet another anonymous Grand Tour showing, but once again none of their riders delivered.

EF Education First 6/10

Urán finishing stage five of the Vuelta a España (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Rigoberto Urán’s GC bid ended with a first week crash, while Lawson Craddock had to make do with frustrating near misses in his mission to win a stage, but a new star emerged in the form of young Colombian Sergio Higuita, who road to glory on a mountainous stage 18.

Euskadi-Murias 8/10

Mikel Iturria wins stage 11 of the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Amid rumours that they be set to fold at the end of the season, Euskadi-Murias raised their profile in the best possible way as Mikel Iturria won a stage in the team’s home Basque Country region.

Groupama-FDJ 3/10

Marc Sarreau at the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Missing their star riders, a young Groupama-FDJ squad failed to make much of an impression. Their best performers were Marc Sarreau, who claimed a fourth and a fifth in the bunch sprints, and Tobias Ludvigsson, who has an active presence in the break.

Ineos 3/10

Wout Poels could be leaving Team Ineos (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Neither Wout Poels nor Tao Geoghegan Hart took advantage of a rare chance to ride GC for themselves, both falling out of contention as early as stage two. Hart attempted to bounce back by constantly attacking over the course of the rest of the race, but couldn’t land that longed-for stage win.

Jumbo-Visma 10/10

Primoz Roglic at the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Despite crashing in the opening team time trial stage, this was a far stronger Jumbo-Visma line-up than that which often left Primož Roglič isolated at the Giro earlier this season, this time giving the Slovenian the support he needed to win the overall classification. So confident were they of success that Sepp Kuss was allowed to ride for himself to win stage 15.

Katusha-Alpecin 1/10

Ruben Guerreiro at the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

It’s hard to recall Katusha-Alpecin doing anything throughout the race, with Ruben Guerreiro’s second place on stage 15 the only highlight. The team’s best riders were left at home, but they still would have expected more from the likes of Dani Navarro and Enrico Battaglin.

Lotto-Soudal 5/10

Tosh Van Der Sande at the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Under the shadow of Bjorg Lambrecht’s tragic death last month, the team soldiered on. Carl Frederik Hagen was a surprise eighth place finisher overall, while Tosh Van Der Sande road combatively for two third place finishes.

Mitchelton-Scott 2/10

Esteban Chaves at the Vuelta a España 2019 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Esteban Chaves again looked a shadow of his former self, fading away from the top of GC after a promising first week. Mikel Nieve battled to creep into the top 10 in the last couple of stages, but a lack of any stage wins and the premature abandonment of an on-form Luka Mezgec made this a bad tour by Mitchelton-Scott’s high standards.

Movistar 7/10

Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana on stage 13 of the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

What to make of Movisar’s Vuelta? On one hand, it was another messy Grand Tour of incoherent tactics and obvious internal tensions, where they made enemies by attacking the red jersey on stage 19 after he’d fallen. On the other hand, they placed Alejandro Valverde second and Nairo Quintana fourth, picked up a couple of stages with the same two riders, and won the team classification at a canter.

Sunweb 7/10

Nicolas Roche in the red jersey after stage two of the Vuelta a España 2019 (Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images)

An exceptional opening week saw Nicolas Roche spend three days in the red jersey and Nikias Arndt land a stage win from a breakaway. From then on the focus shifted towards Wilco Kelderman’s bid for GC, which ended in a solid if unspectacular seventh overall.

Trek-Segafredo 2/10

John Degenkolb at the 2019 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Despite bringing both John Degenkolb and Edward Theuns, the team were conspicuous by their absence in the sprints, with the former’s second place finish on stage three the only highlight. Elsewhere they were largely anonymous, with only Gianluca Brambilla catching the eye by getting into breaks.

UAE Team Emirates 9/10

Tadej Pogacar wins stage 13 of the Vuelta a España as Primoz Roglic extends overall lead (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Despite Fernando Gaviti’a lack of form and Fabio Aru’s early abandonment, UAE Team Emirates’ race was a resounding success thanks to one man – Tadej Pogačar. The emerging superstar astonished everyone to win three stage wins in the mountains , most sensationally of all attacking nearly 40km from the finish on the penultimate stage to seal both a podium finish overall and the white jersey.

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