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Which team performed best in the Grand Tours?
12 September 2022, by Bert Lip
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Team Bora-Hansgrohe won the Giro, Jumbo-Visma the Tour and Quickstep Alpha Vinyl the Vuelta. But what team can we pick as the best performing team in the Grand Tours this year?

One could reason that the final GC is what it's all about. Therefore the statistic of the lowest sum of best GC results would be a logic statistic to find the best grand tour team. Ineos Grenadiers comes up top with a 2nd result in the Giro, 3rd in the Tour and 7th in the Vuelta. However, Astana is ranked second without any podium and even without a stage win. So we need a different formula.

Figure 1. INEOS Grenadiers has the lowest sum of best GC results in grand tours

The PCS point scale is designed mainly for the year rankings to find out who is the best rider over a period of time. If we would use this for finding the best team in the grand tours, Jumbo Visma would top the charts with 2407 points, almost 600 points ahead of UAE Team Emirates. Only now, team Astana is ranked 17th which is too low for scoring three top-10 final results. We need to dig deeper into the numbers.

Figure 2. Total PCS points scored in grand tours by team.

Number of stage wins? Also here Jumbo Visma is leading, but before Alpecin-Deceuninck which has a 39th best GC result.

Figure 3. Most stage wins this season in grand tours by team.

Being leader in one of the classifications is more than in other races a prize in itself. Counting all leader jerseys, and, since we are finding the best team, also the team classification gives the following list where we find Trek Segafredo on third position.

Figure 4. Total number of leader jerseys in grand tours by team.

Another major part of any grand tour is who makes it into the breakaway. Having the team kit on television gives exposure to the team and yields sometimes unexpected and memorable stage wins. Summing up all the kilometres riders spent in the breakaway by team gives a clear winner this year. EF Education-EasyPost is the most fanatic team getting in the breakaway. Interestingly we find Ineos Grenadiers only back on the 21st position here, while Jumbo-Visma is in the top-4. An interesting difference in team tactics.

Figure 5. Most kilometres in the attack by team in Grand Tours.

Now all these statistics in itself don't give an answer to who is the best team. Therefore we have combined them and come up with the following point scale. For a grand tour win the team receives 100 points, 2nd place is 75, 3rd is 50 and the places 4 to 10 get each 25 points. A stage win is worth 20 points, a top-10 result is 2 points. Wearing the leader jersey is 5 points, leading any other classification is worth 3 points. Finally, for each 100 km in the attack, a team gets 1 point. Applying this scale to the results, we get the following ranking.

Figure 6. Best team in grand tours in 2022.

#TeamTotal scoreGC pointsStage winsTop-10sLeader jerseysAttack kilometres
1Jumbo-Visma
645
1001057574398
2UAE Team Emirates
524
150650413316
3INEOS Grenadiers
479
175450332143
4BORA - hansgrohe
447
175452193736
5Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
412
100532322996
6Trek - Segafredo
358
25534374401
7Alpecin-Deceuninck
283
-729193623
8Groupama - FDJ
253
50330183251
9Bahrain - Victorious
239
7514164626
10Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
232
7532743670
11EF Education-EasyPost
205
5021695985
12Team BikeExchange - Jayco
197
-63022280
13Team DSM
166
50229-2166
14Movistar Team
159
75-25-3435
15Astana Qazaqstan Team
142
75-17-3277
16Cofidis
125
-12193779
17AG2R Citroën Team
106
25113-3696
18Israel - Premier Tech
101
-21413373
19Team Arkéa Samsic
86
25-19-2268
20Lotto Soudal
77
-117-2544
21EOLO-Kometa
41
--361749
22Burgos-BH
34
--331870
23Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
27
--2-2348
24B&B Hotels - KTM
27
--7-1283
25Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
25
--5-1548
26Euskaltel - Euskadi
23
---11960
27TotalEnergies
22
--8-647
28Equipo Kern Pharma
15
--3-941
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In conclusion we can answer our question that Jumbo-Visma is the best scoring team in the grand tours this year.