No breakout stars in the vein of a Rebecca Sealfon, and nothing as perversely entertaining as the fainting kid last year. But this was the best competition I've seen in years. Samir Patel has "it" and is eligible for three more years. Bet the ranch on him to take it next year.
I'd rather they find a cut-off for awarding points, say 20th-place. The points system was originally devised to encourage the guys to be in as many races as possible, but that's not a problem the way the sport has evolved.