I think I had already written him down as a perennial outsider. This year's Tour made me believe that he can possibly go one better and actually win it. I don't think I ever would have believed that before.Yeah, I don't deny that he is very strong and was one of the very best this year's Tour. However, that's just the story of his GT career in recent years. Being very strong, but then getting sick/suffering/having an off day/losing time on a flat stage etc. It seems like this always happens to him.
But yes, he's still not 30 yet so of course he still has some GT shots in him. Personally, I just won't count him among the top contenders anymore. Outsider? Sure.
That said, he's probably destined never to actually win a GT. But after this year I would say he wouldn't be able to live with himself if he didn't come back and try.