I give it a 6 but still the best GT of the season. Roglic basically had to crash out to lose it after the TT after it was apparent early on that he was climbing as well as anyone. The quality of the field was undercut by the fact that Carapaz didn't start or Dumoulin, and Froome as he normally would. Aru made the mistake of doing the Tour before the Vuelta which was ambitious after being out for so long. Would have preferred to see Nibali and Yates miss the Tour and do the Vuelta but Michelton had a great Tour so it still worked for them. The race lost further interest when a few GC riders crashed out like Uran. Some nice breakaway wins but the podium speaks for itself. A 39 year old and a 20 year old beat Quintana and Lopez which makes it even more obvious that Roglic was never going to get a better opportunity to win a grand tour. Only a brain explosion on the crosswind stage almost caught out Jumbo and Roglic and after their problems in the Giro they really need to get their act together. Great rides by Valverde and Pogacar at different stages of their career but Roglic looked pretty comfortable for the duration of the race. The Ineos no show didn't help the race, and Michelton and EF had a disastrous race. Hard to know where Lopez and Quintana go from here. Their TTs were bad and their climbing was hit and miss. Lopez had some bad luck in the Giro but was never going to win it while Quintana did what he usually does of late in the Tour. Entertaining race but the final week was nothing special. Not one of the best Vuelta's of the last decade.
This just made me wonder. Will Nibali retire before someone not riding for ineos wins the tour. Would be quite shocking if one day all active riders to have won the tour came from one team. I mean, I guess it was pretty much the same at the end of the Armstrong era, but that era had one guy who dominated, skineos already has four different winners. And looking at that list, that number could grow even larger