The Australian wore all classification jerseys (bar the white) on his way to overall victory, won a stage and proved himself to be the most consistent individual in the race. A near-perfect Tour.
The Manxman finally secured the green jersey in Paris - and en route he won five stages, and could have easily added a couple more. The best sprinter of the race by a large margin-with or without a train.
The Spaniard won atop Luz Ardiden and took second on Alpe d'Huez on his way to winning the polka dot jersey. Could well have been a GC force but for the crash which split the pack in stage one.
Andy may have missed out on the top prize, finishing second for the third year running, but he and Frank do become the first brothers in history to stand on the podium in Paris. Plus time is on their side.
The French pair were the stand-out performers in a superb Europcar team, with Voeckler wearing yellow for 10 memorable days and white jersey Rolland winning atop Alpe d'Huez in style.
Like Evans, the Belgian livewire wore all jerseys during the Tour and took a spendid opening day win atop the Mont des Alouettes. The ever-attacking Gilbert was one of the race's true entertainers.
World champion Thor Hushovd and young compatriot Edvald Boasson Hagen won two brilliant stages apiece to make Norway the most successful country in the race after the Isle of Mark Cavendish.
Present in virtually every break of the race, Mark Madiot's FDJ team encapsulated the spirit of the Tour - and were rewarded in the end with Jeremy Roy's prize as the race's most aggressive rider.
Jonathan Vaughters' boys topped the team standings after a wonderful race which delivered stage wins for Hushovd and Tyler Farrar, plus the team time trial in Les Essarts, and a top ten for debutant Tom Danielson.
No team has won more stages in one Tour since Renault back in 1984. Cavendish's five came after splendid work from the HTC train, while Tony Martin's ITT ability adds another arrow to their quiver.
Arriving exhausted after his Giro victory, the closest the Spaniard got to yellow was in his choice of sunglasses. Contador never recovered from the time he lost in the opening stage, finishing fifth in Paris.
Contador's disappointment was not helped by his team's poor showing in the TTT on stage two, nor did Bertie get much support in the mountains. It's back to the drawing board for manager Bjarne Riis.
Both Ivan Basso and Damiano Cunego planned their seasons around the Tour, but both men rode cagey races en route to finishing seventh and eighth in the GC. No stage wins, no podiums, no glory.
Johan Bruyneel's men entered the race with four leaders but lost three - Brajkovic, Horner and Kloden - to injury, while a battered Leipheimer was merely going through the motions. RadioShanked, more like.
Karpets was rubbish, sprinter Galimzyanov abandoned (along with two others), Kolobnev turned in the Tour's only failed drugs test (to date). The only positive from the all-Russian outfit was Egor Silin.
Sixth in the GC last year, the young Dutchman was seen as a shoo-in for the white jersey, but after crashing heavily in week one he became anonymous, finishing more than an hour down in 33rd.
Bar one second place, the Italian veteran was completely invisible throughout the race. Last year's green jersey didn't even manage to find form on the Champs Elysees, trickling home in 19th place.
The boys in blue completely crumbled following leader Alexandre Vinokourov's sad departure, with GC hope Kreuziger finishing a lowly 112th and no one coming close to a win.
Usually so prominent in the Tour, Spartacus was reduced to a team role in the absence of an opening prologue. For the first time in five years, Cancellara left the Tour without a win to his name.
After a sunny start in the Vendee, the rain and wind came - and seemed to stay for an eternity. The adverse conditions can be blamed for many of the bad accidents which ended the chances of many riders.