Yeah, I don't get why Teuns was left out either. He would be a great option to have for an early break as you mention, and I also get the feeling that he doesn't mind working for others if need be, so in that regard he would be great to have available later on in the race when someone like Lampaert isn't around anymore.France has 4 cards? That's as much true as saying France has 0 cards. They have options, like many other countries. Apparently Madouas finishing 3rd in Flanders has zapped him towards "contender" status, while the same does not appear to be the case for Hermans finishing 2nd in Liège?
Big mistake by the coach to leave Teuns at home though, because he would be a lot better on this course than for instance Lampaert or Stuyven. Someone who could go in an earlier break as a viable option while the big two don't have to chase in the bunch.