I think quite a few teams failed to meet their objectives with Griepel spoiling the party.
9 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack
42 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack
58 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team RadioShack
77 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team RadioShack
116 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Team RadioShack
118 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack
Appearance fees and all that PR, but did not do much to animate the race ... sorry, getting a bit of exposure at the front on 1 stage does not amount to being a factor. Annnnd they did not win a stage (which Pharm boy said would be dissappointing).
Correction - they showed up, which means the crazed LA fans went nuts. By going for even a short dash off the front, they clearly were the class of the field