Ag2r La Mondiale 3 / 10
Solely Movistar and Cofidis had a decrease win tally than Ag2r’s whole of 5 this season, and the French workforce didn’t have a lot to shout about past Nans Peters’ win on the Tour de France and Benoít Cosnefroy’s emergence as a Classics contender. An overhaul heading into subsequent season, which sees star man Romain Bardet amongst these departing to get replaced by the likes of Greg van Avermaet and Bob Jungels, feels well timed.
Astana 6 / 10
Neither Miguel Ángel López, Jakob Fuglsang or Alexander Vlasov’s GS bids went fairly in addition to hoped, however a gentle stream of victories all through the season was cheap compensation. The veteran Fuglsang was once more relied upon to ship their greatest end result, victory at Il Lombardia, however the type of kids like Vlasov and Alex Aranburu signifies a proficient new technology is coming by means of on the workforce.
Bahrain-McLaren 4 / 10
This was an affordable however unspectacular season for Bahrain-McLaren, exemplified by their GC placings on the Grand Excursions: fourth for Mikel Landa on the Tour, fifth for Pello Bilbao on the Giro and sixth for Wout Poels on the Vuelta. They could have anticipated extra following the arrival of former Crew Sky guru Rod Ellingworth, nevertheless, and an underwhelming whole of 9 wins was not sufficient to steer co-sponsors McLaren to resume for one more yr.
Bora-Hansgrohe 7 / 10
Star man Peter Sagan won’t have been his ordinary indomitable self, however the workforce nonetheless racked up 21 wins, albeit usually not of the top-tier calibre that the Slovak often delivers. Sprinter Pascal Ackermann was their most prolific rider, and though there was no GC problem at any Grand Excursions like Emmanuel Buchmann ultimately yr’s Tour de France, whereas Max Schachmann did handle to win Paris-Good earlier than lockdown.
CCC Crew 2 / 10
CCC’s time in pro-cycling ended with extra of a whimper than a bang. They desperately wanted Greg van Avermaet to roll again the years and recapture his previous glories, however the 35-year-old was constant moderately than spectacular and was injured for the cobbled classics within the autumn, whereas the remainder of the squad have been brief on high quality.
Cofidis 2 / 10
Say what you want about Nacer Bouhanni’s temperament, however you possibly can all the time depend on him to land a handful of victories yearly. His substitute at Cofidis, Elia Viviani, had anticipated to be an improve, however as a substitute did not settle in his new environment and didn’t handle a single win all yr. The workforce regarded misplaced in consequence, managing simply a few low-profile wins between them, with Guillaume Martin left to choose up the slack along with his spectacular climbing shows.
Deceuninck – Fast-Step 9 / 10
For a ninth consecutive season Deceuninck – Fast-Step topped the win desk, nonetheless managing to notch forty regardless of the truncated calendar. They could have had much more have been it not for the horrific crashes that introduced and early finish to the seasons of the on-fire Remco Evenepoel and Fabio Jakobsen, however of their absence the likes of sprinter Sam Bennett and Julian Alaphilippe stored delivering success, with the latter changing into World Champion in September.
EF Professional Biking 7 / 10
The regeneration of EF Professional Biking continues, as they managed to match final yr’s whole of seventeen wins regardless of the shorter season. Lots of these wins got here in large races, too, together with Dani Martinez’s total victory at Critérium du Dauphiné in addition to in any respect three of the Grand Excursions — most notably on the Vuelta, the place revelation Hugh Carthy received on the Angliru en path to a podium end.
Groupama-FDJ 7 / 10
The rapid return of racing post-lockdown started with a lot promise, as Arnaud Démare received prolifically by means of August and Thibaut Pinot positioned second at Criterium du Dauphine. An damage curtailed Pinot’s Tour de France hopes, however Démare continued his purple patch into the Giro d’Italia the place he claimed a sensational four-stage haul, growing his season whole to 14 — larger than some other rider this season.
Ineos Grenadiers 6 / 10
Ineos Grenadiers did win a Grand Tour this season, however it was neither within the race nor with the rider that was anticipated. Whereas Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have been deemed too off form for choice for the Tour de France, and Egan Bernal’s title defence fell aside as a consequence of again issues, younger Londoner Tao Geoghegan Hart got here from nowhere to win the Giro d’Italia. That Giro was the plain spotlight of the workforce’s in any other case comparatively lacklustre season, with time trial world champion Filippo Ganna additionally saying himself as one other new star with a exceptional haul of 4 stage wins.
Israel Begin-Up Nation 3 / 10
This was a troublesome first season competing within the World Tour for Israel Begin-Up Nation, who struggled to make the leap to the very best stage. Solely when Dan Martin got here into some kind in the direction of the top of the season, when he received a stage and completed fourth total on the Vuelta a España, did the workforce start to look much less out of depth, however Alex Dowsett’s stage victory on the Giro d’Italia was additionally a serious breakthrough for the workforce.
Jumbo-Visma 9 / 10
Victory for Primož Roglič over Richard Carapaz on the Vuelta was the surest signal but that Jumbo-Visma have usurped Ineos Grenadiers as the most effective Grand Tour workforce on the planet, a efficiency that proved they have been able to ending the job off having earlier bossed the Tour de France solely to lose yellow on the penultimate stage. On high of that, the Dutch squad additionally achieved nice success within the Classics, with Roglič profitable Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Wout van Aert the double of Milan-San Remo and Strade Bianche.
Lotto-Soudal 5 / 10
Caleb Ewan once more starred on the Tour de France with two stage wins, however are they changing into a little bit too depending on the Australian sprinter for fulfillment? The remainder of the squad didn’t take pleasure in a lot high-profile success past Tim Wellens’ two-stage haul on the Vuelta, and marquee new signing Philippe Gilbert missed many of the Classics with a persistent knee damage.
Mitchelton-Scott 5 / 10
The Yates twins have been their ordinary explosive selves in stage races, with Simon profitable Tirreno-Adriatico and Adam, in what seems like an eternity in the past, triumphing on the UAE Tour simply earlier than lockdown.
Each subsequently regarded effectively set for the workforce’s main targets of the season, the Grand Excursions, however whereas Adam may be fairly pleased with ninth total on the Tour, Simon was unlucky to catch Covid on the Giro d’Italia.
Movistar 2 / 10
With Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Richard Carapaz all having left, and Alejandro Valverde in the end displaying indicators of age, this was all the time going to be a difficult season for Movistar. The entire workforce managed simply two wins all yr, and although they continued to method Grand Excursions like heavyweight contenders, Enric Mas’ fifth-place finishes on the Tour and Vuelta fell wanting what the workforce is used to.
NTT Professional Biking 4 / 10
A much-needed new talisman for the workforce emerged in Italian Giacomo Nizzolo, who received sprints at Paris-Good and the Tour Down Beneath in addition to touchdown Italian and European titles, and was sorely missed when an damage on the Tour de France pressured him to overlook the remainder of the season. The workforce’s future stays unsure, however hopefully a gutsy displaying on the Giro d’Italia, which included a stage win for Ben O’Conor, will assist persuade someone to take a position.
Sunweb 8 / 10
As 2020 was the season of youth, and no workforce boasted as promising an array of vibrant new expertise as Sunweb. 22-year-old Marc Hirschi precipitated a stir on the Tour de France along with his attacking racing earlier than happening to win Flèche-Wallonne and silver on the Worlds; 24-year-old Jai Hindley was the most effective of the workforce’s unexpectedly sturdy Giro d’Italia line-up, ending second total; and the comparatively historic 26-year-old Søren Kragh Andersen received 4 WorldTour races, together with twice on the Tour de France.
Trek-Segafredo 6 / 10
There have been contrasting fortunes for Trek-Segafredo’s two veteran GC riders, as Richie Porte adopted victory on the Tour Down Beneath with a long-awaited first ever Grand Tour podium end on the Tour de France, whereas Vincenzo Nibali was vanquished by a youthful technology on the Giro. The classics have been a extra unqualified success, as Mads Pedersen and Jasper Stuyven teamed up for the previous to win Gent-Wevelgem and the latter Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
UAE Crew Emirates 9 / 10
Different groups might need regarded better-equipped to tackle Ineos Grenadiers on the Tour de France, however in the end it was the person brilliance of Tadej Pogačar that noticed UAE Emirates finish the British workforce’s five-year stranglehold over the yellow jersey.
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Their success prolonged past the Slovenian celebrity, too. Fernando Gaviria managed six victories regardless of the misfortune of contracting Covid not as soon as however twice, Diego Ulissi picked up a few levels on the Giro d’Italia, and Jasper Philipsen established himself as a brand new pressure in sprinting. All of them contributed to a complete of over thirty wins that was, even in a shortened season, the very best within the workforce’s historical past, and bettered solely by Deceuninck – Fast-Step.