Lance's perfromance is actually pretty phenomenal. After 4 years a way, less than a full season of training and a broken collar bone that took him off his regular training regimen he still finished on the podium.
IMO with a full season of training, no broken collar bone and a team working entirely for him he can compete in this race again. He is certainly one of the strongest contendors.
Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador promise to be very tough at next years race. Contador is a beast in his prime. 2 tour wins already and he is poised for more. I think Andy Schleck will win but he has to forget his brother. He held himself back sometimes just trying to help his brother. He has to forget that and ride for himself and then he may someday win.
Mark Cavendish from the Isle of Man is a real beast in those sprints. 6 stage wins is excellent. I can't believe he had 6 stage wins as a sprinter and still somehow didn't win the green jersey...
Franco Pellizotti was really impressive in the mountains and somebody to keep your eye one in the future. I think Tyler Farrar from the U.S. proved himself to be a good sprinter and somebody to watch in the future. If not for Cavendish I think Farrar would have won some stages. I thought Kloden and Vande Velde rode well. George Hincape had a pretty good tour for him.
Overall it was an interesting tour IMO. I don't think Lance showed he can't compete at the highest level anymore. 4 years away plus an injury and less than a full season of training and he was still one of the best. Maybe he can do it again. Next year is probably his best chance. Eventually the age will really start kicking in. 2010 is his best remaining chance for sure and 2011 maybe. But after that I think no.