The TTs are great, the mountain stages are exciting, but the long "transition" stages that end in a sprint with no change in the GC seem worthless. To me it would be as if half of the baseball or football games the teams decided to sit their starters and the games ended in a 0-0. It's as bad to watch as preseason NFL games. Is there a need for these stages?
Maybe I'm grumpy because they dropped my favorite stage, the team time trial. I would have loved to have seen Astana in that this year.