Even though Vino's Astana team won 4 stages in this year's Dauphine, the end result was simply to let the world know that they were coming to the Tour de France loaded for bear, as it were. They're strong. Take note.
(But then, huge efforts at the Dauphine do not necessarily translate into Tour success, as it could be more a showing of a too-early peak... But I digress.)
Christophe Moreau, the 36-year-old French rider for AG2R, won the overall this year in a return to form that many cycling fans will be glad to see. Moreau's been the beleaguered best-Frenchman for a while, not really getting better results than that too often since he last won the Dauphine in 2001. But this shot at the top step of the podium could change that.
I don't imagine he'll be gunning for the overall at Le Tour, just considering the lack of depth on his team, but he could light up a few stages for sure.