Provence reveals who's on track and who's got work to do - Analysis

AIXENPROVENCE FRANCE FEBRUARY 16 Thibaut Pinot of France Team Groupama FDJ during the 5th Tour de La Provence 2020 Stage 4 a 1705km stage from Avignon to AixEnProvence TDLP letourdelaprovence TDLP2020 on February 16 2020 in AixEnProvence France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Thibaut Pinot on the final stage of the 2020 Tour de la Provence (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

There were two mantras doing the rounds during the Tour de la Provence, as the teams packed up and moved on after Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) sealed overall victory in Aix-en-Provence on Sunday.

The first — 'it’s only February' — applied to teams such as CCC — still without a win this year — Sunweb, NTT and Movistar, while the other — 'you have to be ready in February' — was doing the rounds in the Arkéa-Samsic, Ineos, Astana, and Deceuninck-QuickStep team corners.

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