IT WAS ABOUT TIME !
Unfortunately, this year, they rode the TdF as fast as in the Arsmstrong years. But maybe Wiggins, Froome and Co have very special bikes and talent hehehehehehe !
I agree it was about time but for your last point. Haven't they been reducing the total distance of the TdF for some years now. I mean not in recent editions but it used to be ~4000-4500 kms whilst nowadays it's more like 3500 kms.