AG2R Citroen – E-
They got into some breakaways and Andrea Vendrame got some top-10s. Mickael Cherel was their best placed rider in 23rd overall. Terrible performance but not quite an F for a team whose main goal of the season is not the Giro.
Alpecin Fenix – A
Three stage wins plus three days in pink. Add to that the fact that the Belgian team was one of the most active in breakaways and this was an absolutely sensational performance from Alpecin.
Astana – B-
Miguel Angel Lopez’s early withdrawal severely hampered the team’s plans. Vincenzo Nibali more than saved their Giro, though, with a surprising 4th place in the general classification (GC). A stage win would have bumped their performance up a notch but, given the adversity they faced, a 4th overall is an excellent result.
Bahrain Victorious – A
Bahrain pretty much got the best results they realistically could: Landa and Bilbao matched their previous highest standings in Grand Tours (GTs) by finishing 3rd and 5th, respectively. Anybody expecting more from Landa is living in the past, quite frankly. A stage win by Buitrago was the icing on the cake. Questionable tactics at times but I don’t see how they could have gotten more from this Giro.
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè – C
No stage win and their best placed rider was just 24th in GC. However, the team did get into breakaways and came close to winning a stage on many occasions. Five top-10s in stages including a 2nd and a 3rd isn’t bad for a team that genuinely tried. In the end they’re just missing a higher level rider to give them a stage victory.
Bora Hansgrohe – Winners
They won the Giro.
Not only did they win it, but they also got the confirmation that two of their GC riders are officially back: Jai Hindley, of course, but also Emmanuel Buchmann, who finished 7th. Much like Bahrain, the two stage wins were the icing on the victorious cake.
Cofidis – C-
They didn’t win a stage or get in the top-10, that’s true. But they were active in mountain stages through Guillaume Martin and in the sprints through Simone Consonni. That is certainly not enough for the team in terms of UCI points. But I still think it makes for an okay Giro.
Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli – C
Much like Bardiani they were exceptionally active in breakaways. They weren’t as successful in stage finish as Bardiani but made up for it by taking home the intermediate sprints classification.
EF Education EasyPost – C
A stage win would have made their Giro significantly better, but a 9th place overall from Hugh Carthy does save it, in my opinion. They did try hard for a stage win but it wasn’t to be.
Eolo Kometa – D
Not a great Giro from the last of the invited teams. Especially since this was the wildcard team with the highest expectations. Lorenzo Fortunato barely tried to win a stage. He was the leader of the team and the rider most likely to repeat his own stage win from last year. He seemed happy to “defend” a 15th place overall. Inexplicable. Diego Rosa wearing the blue jersey for six days and Vincenzo Albanese getting some top-10s in sprint finishes was what “saved” the team’s Giro.
Groupama FDJ – A
A team designed for the sprints won three stages and the maglia ciclamino. Total success! Attila Valter’s performance on the mountains was a disappointment though.
Ineos Grenadiers – C-
When you invest so heavily in a goal and don’t achieve it it’s a disappointment. Especially given the size of the budget. Still, the team wore the maglia rosa for six days and, quite frankly, dominated the race for 3,442/3,445 kilometers. Now, those 3 kilometers are surely enough to bump them from an A+ to a C-. But I think it’d be too cruel to bump them down further.
Intermarché Wanty Gobert Matériaux – A
Had somebody offered them two stage wins and two top-10 finishes in GC at the beginning of the race and the Belgian team would have been thrilled to sign off on that.
Israel Premier Tech – F
Three stage top-10s by Giacomo Nizzolo aren’t enough to move this team out of last place. It seemed like they didn’t even try. Their best placed rider was Alessandro de Marchi in 92nd place. I don’t understand this team.
Jumbo Visma – C+
Two stage wins and the blue jersey are a fantastic result for most teams not called Jumbo Visma. When a team lines up with four riders that already finished top-12 in the GC of this race and, in the end, their best placed rider in GC is 20th, something is not right. Koen Bouwman with two stage wins and the blue jersey more than saves the team’s Giro but it can’t be considered a huge success. Gijs Leemreize was the other brilliant bright spot.
Lotto Soudal – C
They came here to win some stages with Caleb Ewan. They won one with Thomas de Gendt. They tried, at times, to improve their results but when the race got into the mountains the Belgian team couldn’t do much. Still a positive Giro because of that stage victory.
Movistar – D
An 11th place overall by Alejandro Valverde isn’t terrible. But zero stage wins and the apathy that the team showed throughout the Giro isn’t deserving of a positive mark, in my opinion.
Quick Step Alpha Vinyl Team – C
Another team that doesn’t have the Giro amongst their main goals of the season. They got a stage win and gave valuable experience to their young riders. More was expected from James Knox than an 81st overall.
Team BikeExchange Jayco – B+
Three stage wins and a 13th overall by Lucas Hamilton. That’s a fantastic result for a team that lost its undisputed leader (in the battle for GC) early on in the race.
Team DSM – C
Romain Bardet being forced to withdraw from the race was always going to be impossible to overcome. Still, a stage victory and several days in the breakaways trying for another make for a decent performance from the Dutch team. Arensman, at one point, had the chance to fight for a top-10 overall which would have been great for the team. Instead, he chose to go for stage wins. Predictably, he failed both objectives.
Trek Segafredo – A
Ten days in pink, a top-10 overall and a stage victory. Trek isn’t the biggest team so this is an incredible haul for them. Juanpe Lopez was the surprise of the Giro.
UAE Team Emirates – C-
I don’t know why they brought Gaviria to the Giro. Much like DSM, Almeida withdrawal completely derailed the team’s aspirations. Despite that, Alessandro Covi still managed a stage win to give a bit of brightness to a poorly planned and very unlucky Giro for the Emirati squad.