He might be 38 years old, but Sylvain Chavanel is still churning out consistent results and occasional wins for Direct Energie. The French veteran was 25th overall at the Tour, which was less a sign of a GC challenge than his regularity. (One of his quirks this year was that he was a constant presence in the first third of the bunch – he finished in the top 50 of every Tour stage except two, one of which was Paris. This doesn’t necessarily suggest he was close to a win, but he obviously got through the race without problems in an event which invariably magnifies weakness.) Chavanel’s only win of 2017 has been a stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk, but he was ninth in the Tour of Flanders, which demonstrates his strength and experience. If he carries on and competes in the Tour next year, he’ll become the outright record holder for starts in the race, with 18.