Team Victory Rankings Updated

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Wins Team
30 Omega Pharma – Quickstep
25 Team Sky
21 Liquigas – Cannondale
16 Lotto – Belisol
15 Movistar
14 Katusha
14 Orica-Greenedge
13 Garmin – Barracuda
11 Rabobank
9 FDJ – BigMat
8 Vacansoleil – DCM
7 BMC Racing
6 Euskaltel – Euskadi
6 Lampre – ISD
5 Astana
3 Radioshack – Nissan
3 Saxo Bank
3 Ag2r – La Mondiale

I’d been thinking about writing a piece looking at how Vacansoleil-DCM seem to have got the better of their Dutch rivals Rabobank. With Wout Poels winning the big stage in the Tour of Luxembourg, Thomas De Gendt in the Giro, Lieuwe Westra back in Paris-Nice and other results, it seemed as if Vacansoleil-DCM had the upper hand. But a check of the numbers shows the orange-clad team has an advantage over the happy campers.

Looking at the table more the standings are not that different from this time one month ago or even two months. Those who had a strong start to the season have continued to pick up more wins.

Does money buy wins?
Yes and no. Some of the large budget teams are languishing towards the bottom of the table. Astana, Radioshack-Nissan and BMC Racing are good examples of big spending. But it’s too early to judge any return on investment because in financial terms, airtime and column inches generated during the Tour de France are so very valuable.

Kris June 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I would be curious to know the breakdown of each rider’s contract value. Knowing this information, an analysis of salary vs victories and/or placings could be done to see who has been worth their contract so far this year.

I know there are more factors than just victories that require quantifying but it’s would be the first layer of the onion that could be peeled back.

Adam June 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Kris, it’s hard to answer that question in cycling as rider salaries are rarely disclosed.
I would suggest though that the two most overpaid riders of 2012 are Gilbert and Hushovd as the neither have won and the part of the season they target has passed.
The most underpaid have to be De Gendt, Westra and Ryder.

Sam June 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I often wondered how teams worked out the worth of riders when looking to bring in one from another squad. Within a team you can look at numbers and times in training, but I doubt that information is freely available to all teams. If a domestique gives his all for the team and rolls in with the last group, his placing will be low but his worth to the team might be high, and he might have great numbers, but no other team might know about it, and hence he might struggle to get a transfer to another team that he deserves…

@inrng, do you have any idea?

Eric June 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

While there was never any doubt that any team with Lance as a member would always have a pin point focus on Le Tour, do squads tend to be built for the whole season with its varying types of competitions, or do some focus on Spring Classics type races, etc?

Shawn June 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

World Tour points for each team tells a different story with Vacansoleil ahead of Rabobank and Katusha in the #1 spot.

1 4 KATUSHA TEAM (KAT) RUS 708
2 2 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE (LIQ) ITA 633
3 3 SKY PROCYCLING (SKY) GBR 597
4 1 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP (OPQ) BEL 574
5 5 ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) KAZ 495
6 11 GARMIN – BARRACUDA (GRM) USA 457
7 6 ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) AUS 428
8 15 LAMPRE – ISD (LAM) ITA 378
9 7 BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) USA 368
10 8 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN (RNT) LUX 333
11 14 VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM (VCD) NED 318
12 12 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI (EUS) ESP 311
13 9 MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) ESP 298
14 10 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM (RAB) NED 273
15 13 LOTTO BELISOL TEAM (LTB) BEL 227
16 16 AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) FRA 156
17 17 FDJ-BIG MAT (FDJ) FRA 79
18 18 TEAM SAXO BANK (SAX) DEN 43

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Jaas June 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

saxo bank is practically a pro-continental team at this point.

Pave June 6, 2012 at 2:18 am

Although interesting that Saxo and Radioshack have the same number of wins considering Saxo lost their only winning racer, and Radioshack was supposedly a stacked team.

Roadie61 June 6, 2012 at 7:31 am

Interesting also that Saxo Bank and RNT are run by Riis and Bruyneel respectively. As noted, without Contador and his WT points, Saxo Bank is struggling; it’s surprising because they have solid talent. Has Riis lost motivation as a manager without his star pupil?

And RadioShack is chalked full of talent, yet only Cancellara and Gallopin account for their 3 wins.
I maintain that morale is low with all of the internal turmoil being played out in the public media.
Bruyneel has been his usual vocal self about his misery with his team.

Off-topic but always thought-provoking to me are the well-known stats that go along with the Lance-Bruyneel era. Between 1999 and 2007, Bruyneel’s teams (USPS and Discovery Channel) won 8 of 9 TdF’s. Lance first retired after his 7th win in ’05, and Landis “won” with Phonak in ’06 (Oscar Pereiro by default). Contador won with Discovery Channel (Bruyneel) in ’07.

In 2008, Bruyneel took over embattled Astana and brought Contador and Leipheimer with him.
Riis won the ’08 TdF with Sastre (Astana was banned from the ’08 TdF), but JB and Contador won the Giro and the Vuelta that year (Leipheimer finished 2nd to AC in the Vuelta). In 2009, Armstrong returned from retirement and rejoined his pal Johan at Astana (AC and Levi still there).
Contador and Armstrong battled it out for GC status and AC won the ’09 TdF, with Andy Schleck (Saxo) ahhh, oh yeah, 2nd, and old man Armstrong 3rd.

2010 – present, JB runs RadioShack with pal LA and the Livestrong Foundation all still attached with an umbilical cord. Riis and Contador “win” the 2010 TdF with Spanish steak fueling AC. Andy Schleck, who perpetually finishes 2nd was given the maillot jaune by default.

And in 2011, thank God Cadel Evans won the TdF! A rider not named LA or AC and not attached to any doping scandal or even talk of doping:) Someday, someone should make a movie about those “dopey” years: 1999 – 2010.

Kjetil June 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

You forget Nick Nuyens, who has his spring classics wiped out by injury this year.

Mike June 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

As always quality of wins has a big say in team success.
Astana are 15th according to wins but 5th according to UCI points in what I would call an excellent year this year including Liege, Amstel, and 2 giro stage wins so far.

Ian June 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

For someone trying to get to grips with the sport I must say that the whole ranking system of teams and points and riders taking points to other teams when transferred etc is frustratingly unclear

The Inner Ring June 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

In a way it doesn’t matter. You watch each race and enjoy the battles during the event. Any tables, charts and other comparisons aren’t the same. There’s an instinctive element, you can spot a strong team even if the data doesn’t always say so.

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