Ag2r Citroen 6/10

With no obvious leader in their roster, Ag2r Citroën focussed on breakaways, and to great success — not only did Andrea Vendrame land them the hoped-for stage win at Bagno di Romagna but Geoffrey Bouchard also won the mountains classification after taking the blue jersey at the end of the first week and resiliently defended it all the way to Milan.

Alpecin-Fenix 6/10

The wildcard team’s first ever Grand Tour appearance got off to the best possible start when Tim Merlier won the race’s first bunch sprint on stage two. When he abandoned at the end of the first week, they animated the breaks instead, with Oscar Riesebeek almost winning in Gorizia and Dries De Bondt winning both the combativity award and intermediate sprint classification as a result of his constant attacking.

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 4/10

Simon Pellaud

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As ever at the Giro d’Italia, barely a break went up the road that didn’t feature an Androni rider, with the indefatigable Simon Pellaud as aggressive as ever and winning the breakaway classification. But they will have had high hopes for young Ecuadorian Jefferson Cepeda, who didn’t have anything like the legs he had to finish fourth at the Tour of the Alps last month.  

Astana-Premier Tech 5/10