The dust has settled and it's a little bit of new and a little bit of old. An American has - again! - won overall and - again, again! - it's an Aussie in Green. The Polka dot has again gone to last year's top climber. And the final stage was won by last year's Green jersey winner. It all seems strangely familiar after 3 weeks of tumult!
Meanwhile the white was taken by Cunego - a newcomer with a bright future. And Pereiro kept his 2nd place intact whilst Kloden took 3rd. Floyd Landis may not return next year and question marks will surround Ullrich and Basso for sometime. It's been a strange tour without the dominant players - and losing Vinokourov as well meant even more instability. When Valverde was injured we all wondered if anyone would survive this tour. But they did and the excitement along the way was palpable.
Roll on the 2006 Vuelta!