That makes sense (now
) BBB, the management seems to really have a better handle on how to operate in a Grand Tour, through what was essentially an accident, as I doubt anyone saw Nocentini as a possible GT GC man within the squad until it looked clear that there was a chance in Andorra. Thanks to Efimkin's breakaway, they went on to be the team with yellow numbers until Sorenson's break yesterday wrested it for Saxo - somehow I doubt that AG2R would have come close to doing this if they had not had the maillot jaune in its ranks.
How they manage this with Valjavec, who must surely be the main GC candidate at the team at the mo, or younger riders like Nicolas Roche, in forthcoming Grand Tours will be very interesting to watch. I'd love to see a French team start to really make something of themselves and push into being a top team. I think that they probably need a top quality climbing domestique to make genuine inroads into the elite four or five, but right now, they look better organised to support a GC contender than Silence.
Perhaps Cadel should make his way to sunny France...