I don't know if I am alone in this but I have been pretty impressed by the Astana team this season.
They don't seem to have the big bucks riders of some teams or even the same level of equipment - ie. they alwasy seem to be on Tarmac's and not using the Spesh range of jumping from Tarmac to Venge to Roubaix and back again.
They just seem to be doing a good job. Perhaps the years of supporting Lance, Bertie or Vino has meant that this year, even with Vino there but not back, so to speak, they are just riding for themselves. I don't know, but they have impressed me so far.