With the dust now settled on the 2021 Tour de France , everyone has had time to reflect on the race and gain a little perspective.
For a select few, the sense of achievement will be lingering, while for many others, that of disappointment may be starting to wear off.
It was that kind of a Tour – one in which a select few teams enjoyed barnstorming success and many more were left to lick their wounds. When 12 of the 21 stage wins are shared among just three teams, it’s clear the others are going to be feeding off scraps.
Cyclingnews has analysed the performances of all 23 teams in the race, giving them a star rating out of five and ranking them in order of best to worst. As always, context is everything, so the assessments are made in light of the team’s scope and ambition, rather than a purely results-based system.
As always, you can have your say in the comments section below. Best GC: 1st – Tadej Pogačar
Top results: Wins on stages 5, 17, 18 plus the yellow, white, and polta-dot jerseys – Tadej Pogačar
Summary: The big-budget team have won their second Tour de France in two years, winning three stages and three jerseys along the way. That’s largely down to Tadej Pogačar, who was streets ahead of his rivals on an individual basis and has surely established himself as the dominant force in modern Grand Tour racing.But this was also a collective success. The […]