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Here's my response in another thread why Sunday wasn't boring:
If you were expecting a significant move affecting GC, there was about a 99% chance going in you'd be disappointed.
I saw amongst other things:
1) Armstrong himself shut down the early break when he didn't like the mix of riders.
2) Asatana putting a man in the break
3) Jens in the break to drop back to the Scleck brothers if necessary on the Tourmalet4) A potential KOM winner step out in Pellizoti
5) AG2r workin at the front to keep Nocentini in Yellow (demonstrating why Asatana wants AG2R in the jersey and there recruit help controlling the race.) And Astana not pushing the pace on the Tourmalet, in order to keep from hammering Nocentini
6) A close battle to catch the break that stayed away.
7) A neat two up sprint with a suprising counter
8) Some incredible Pyranean scenery.
Those are a few things that come to mind.
Now what would really be boring would be TDF with no balance between mountain top finishes, flats, and time trials, where the race was blown apart on the first Pyranean stages, and we knew the winner with certainty 2 weeks before Paris.
You can debate whether the Organizers got the balance right this year, and we really won't know the answer until on the slopes of Ventoux.
But you have to realize that the number of Mountain top finishes in the TDF varies from year to year, and it has always been common to have a number of Alpine stages without Mountain top finishes.
Moreover, every once in a while a Mountain stage without a mountain top finish has lead to very dramatic moves, see e.g. Merckx in 1969.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.