Olympic road race champion Greg van Avermaet topped the UCI rankings after a phenomenal 2017: the Belgian won Paris–Roubaix, Gent–Wevelgem, E3 Harelbeke and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Tejay van Garderen won Giro Stage 18 and BMC won the Vuelta team time trial.
German sprinter André Greipel grabbed the maglia rosa early on at the Giro d'Italia in May before the Belgian team enjoyed a brilliant Vuelta, with Tomasz Marczyński (twice), Thomas de Gendt and Sander Armée all winning stages. Meanwhile, Adam Hansen made it 19 Grand Tours in a row.
Sprinter Caleb Ewan kicked off the 2018 season with four stage victories at Tour Down Under and carried on winning throughout the campaign, including a stage win at the Giro. Simon Yates claimed the white jersey at the Tour de France and scored a couple of notable wins.
Quick-Step Floors enjoyed a victory-packed 2017 season Classics for Philippe Gilbert and Yves Lampaert followed by multiple Grand Tour stage wins. Fernando Gaviria won four at the Giro d'Italia, Marcel Kittel won five at the Tour and Matteo Trentin took four at the Vuelta.
Rigoberto Urán finished a brilliant second at the Tour de France and won Milano-Torino, while Pierre Rolland grabbed a stage win at the Giro d'Italia in May. Next season, a new sponsor will see the team will become known as Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
This long-established Dutch team have been in the peloton since 1984. In 2017, sprinter Dylan Groenewegen won the final stage of the Tour de France after Slovenian Primož Roglič took a memorable Stage 17 success. Look out for Lars Boom, Robert Gesink and Steven Kruijswijk in 2018.
Team Sky's Chris Froome sealed a fourth Tour de France victory in 2017, before clinching a historic Tour-Vuelta double. Michał Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and the Clásica de San Sebastián in a remarkable year, and the team won the first-ever Hammer Series in June.
Team Sunweb have barely stopped winning all season: Tom Dumoulin won the Giro d'Italia and the Binckbank Tour, Michael Matthews took the green jersey at the Tour de France while Warren Barguil picked up the KOM jersey. Sunweb also clinched the World Championship TTT.
Alberto Contador signed off in style in 2017, winning Stage 20 of the Vuelta atop the Angliru, while Dutchman Bauke Mollema won Stage 15 of the Tour de France. John Degenkolb also enjoyed a consistent season with top 10 finishes at most big one-day races, and a stage win at the Dubai Tour.
Rui Costa, Louis Meintjes and Ben Swift are among the UAE Team Emirates roster in 2017. Team president Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri said: “A strong positive attitude is key to a healthy mind and lifestyle, and we in the Emirates want to promote such values.”
The team with the instantly recognisable white, blue and brown kit will send Romain Bardet to the 2017 Tour aiming to become the first Frenchman to win the famous race since Bernard Hinault in 1985. New signings include Mathias Frank, Alexandre Geniez, Oliver Naesen and Stijn Vandenbergh.
Astana have won a Grand Tour in each of the past four seasons: Vincenzo Nibali claimed the Giro in 2013 and 2016, the Tour de France in 2014, and Fabio Aru won the 2015 Vuelta. With Nibali departed they will look to Aru to spearhead their assault on the Grand Tours in 2017.
Bahrain-Merida Pro Cycling Team’s inception for the 2017 season reflects the growing appetite for top-level cycling in the Middle East. The signature of four-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali is a significant boost, with the likes of Enrico Gasparatto, Heinrich Haussler and Yukiya Arashiro supporting him.
German-based outfit Bora-hansgrohe make the step up to WorldTour level having recruited Peter Sagan, the double world road race champion and top-ranked rider in 2016. The flamboyant Slovakian will be ably assisted by the likes of Polish climber Rafał Majka, his former Tinkoff team-mate.
Mark Cavendish sprinted to four stage victories during the 2016 Tour de France and will aim for more of the same in 2017, assisted by lead-out specialists like Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw. Steve Cummings, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Nathan Haas are all capable of big things this year.
Thibaut Pinot traditionally prioritises the Tour de France but will be targeting the Giro d'Italia this year, while Arnaud Démare will lead the team at the Tour. Démare will also aim to defend his Milan-San Remo title. The team has said Pinot will ride the Tour, targeting KOM points and stage victories.
Movistar Team are one of the strongest outfits on the UCI WorldTour, with a lineage back to 1980 and many Grand Tour successes to their name. Colombian climber Nairo Quintana will ride both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 2017, ably assisted by Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde.
World-class Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff leads the charge again for Katusha-Alpecin in 2017, targeting the Spring Classics, while German time trial ace Tony Martin arrives to add another dimension to the squad. Big things can also be expected from Ilnur Zakarin, who won a Tour de France stage last year.