I know this is late, but better then never. Besides the Vuelta a Espana starts on Saturday.
Cadel Evans - Seriously, the guy is do. He crashed out last year after riding several stages in yellow and a broken elbow. He's been second a couple of times. And he's old. Cadel is the winner the Tour needed while dealing with this Alberto mess.
Garmin - After the second stage, Garmin was already having the best Tour they've ever had. Those 3 other stage wins, multiple days in yellow, top ten rider AND tops in the team competition....stupid awesome.
Big George Hincapie - He has ridden in 16 tours, finishing 15 and leading the race leader onto the Champs-Elysees 9 times. George = best ever domestic.
Crazy throwback attacks for 70k out - That makes the races exciting, not the lack of race radios.
Mark Cavendish - After looking at the route, he said that he'd win 5 to 7 stages. He got 5, plus the green jersey and keeps climbing the list of riders with most stage wins. The boy is fast.
The Dutch Corner - Loud drunks dressed in orange....everybody's a winner.
Tommy V & Tommy D - The future of French and American cycling delivered. Both finishing in the top ten.
Female crazies represented on the mountains - It's not just guys being stupid anymore! Whoo!
Norwegian cyclists - Two riders got 4 stage wins. While compared to the French, where 45 riders won 1 stage.
People who hate Cav - Yes, he's a d-bag, whether he wins or loses. He just won a lot this year.
Cyclists thrown in to fences by cars - Totally not cool, the tour is hard enough, try doing it with 33 stitches in you backside.
Alberto Contador - I know that it's his job to ride a bike, but he seriously struggled to stay upright during the first week. But at least he got to punch a schlug dressed as a doctor on Alpe D'Huez.
Vino's Pelvis - He is strong like ox, unfortunately he needed to be strong like tree to stay in the tour. He's crazy, nonsensical attacks will be missed by the spectators, but not really by the peloton.
Uninspired road paintings - What? No ball? Or curse words? Maybe I need to learn Dutch.
Radioshack - I've rarely seen a rider drop out from a concussion, but that you lose 2 riders from the same team within days of each other.... your karma sucks. Yes, Johann, this is directed towards you.
Niether here or there:
Schlecks - Finished 2nd and 3rd, but was 1 day from finishing 1st and 2nd....maybe someday the Tour will come out with a route that has no time trials or descents. Cross your fingers, Andy.
Jokes about cheese - They are funny, it's just the punchline that gets to you. Whew.