...it really happened folks. Marcel Kittel came from behind to beat the Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish, on stage 12 of the Tour de France.
...in force. They'll always finger the British sprinter as the one in the wrong, especially when he isn't.
...before. Stage 8 on the second Saturday of the 2012 Tour de France in the first trip to the mountains Chris Froome rode to a brilliant stage victory and Sky's team leader took the yellow jersey on a mountain top finish. Exactly the same thing happened on the second Saturday of the 2013 Tour.
...that's a lead out train. Stage 7 of the Tour de France saw the Cannondale team redefine what a lead out train for their sprinter is to set up Peter Sagan for the win.
...for Cav. Five stages in is when Mark Cavendish comes alive in the Tour de France and into Marseilles it's where he picked up the 24th stage win of his career.
...there? Wasn't this meant to be the summer of Australian humiliation? The cricket team in the Ashes, the rugby team against the Lions all while various others were beaten in various other arenas.
...passione. One British cycling hero bowed out early with a bit of an understandable whimper another just underlined his greatness. As Mark Cavendish wins the red jersey in the 2013 Giro d'Italia.
...the very top. That final Olympic gold medal in the London velodrome last August in the keirin was the perfect way to end a career that has been filled with medals and greatness in the sport.
...it's finally some good sense from the corporation. The corporation should have been more honest about Hugh Porter's absence from the Track Cycling World Championships but would he'd have found that much harder to stomach the truth.
...the Track Cycling World Championships. It as after the men could only pick up the silver medal in the team pursuit, well beaten by the Australians in the final, that it hit rock bottom. The all conquering Olympic squad were dead and buried.
...nah then. It were grand news when announced a few weeks back that the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ would start and take in two stages in Yorkshire.
..fighting all the way. In her preprepared retirement speech the Welsh cyclist gave it both barrels and then reloaded to fire off a few more direct hits.
...Wiggo? Bradley Wiggins' share of the Sports Personality of the Year vote didn't quite match Mark Cavendish's when he won the award last but then Mark didn't have Olympic gold medal winners to compete with.
...descend. Mario Cipollini wasn't one for for going uphill, didn't like the climbs but he could come down them and still can.
...it was George Hincapie what done it. Of all the evidence against Lance Armstrong one man's is more damning than any others. His loyal lieutenant through all the seven Tour victories.