...being number 2. But being number 1 on the team, the protected rider, the favourite, the one with the target on their back now that's just a little harder. Still his fourth place in the Vuelta was a great effort.
...the icing and the hundred and thousands. The toppings on the cake of British road cycling have just been piling up this year, with Bradley Wiggins adding the Olympic time trial gold yesterday.
...even worse to watch. It was excruciating watching Great Britain - no Team GB here - being thwarted by their own success in the men's road race on the first full day of the Olympics. Not just because Mark Cavendish didn't have a chance to win.
...for the perfect finish. Mark Cavendish owns the Champs-Élysées and it was up to Bradley Wiggins in the yellow jersey to make sure he won for the fourth straight time in the Tour's final stage.
...a day early. It's meant to be the final run in to Paris that's the procession for the wearer of the yellow jersey, Bradley Wiggins put it in a day early to leave the rest of field in his wake.
...gargling waiting for her appearance? Was that grin on the face of Bradley Wiggins as he crossed the finish line 3rd on stage 17 an indication she should be singing very shortly?
...part deux. A classic case of deja-vu on stage 16 of the 2012 Tour de France, as Thomas Voeckler storms the second last day in the Pyrenees.
...deux. Where were we? Oh that's right Tommy had just won the first stage after the last rest day and Bradley Wiggins was rocking the yellow jersey.
...one. While the nation and the mass media obsess about a gurning, crybaby Scottish loser Britain is excelling yet again in a Grand Tour, with Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in the Tour de France.
...Bradley Wiggins. After his victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné he's the first cyclist to win the treble of Paris-Nice, Romandie and Dauphiné.
...in Cav we trust. Britain has only it's second ever cycling road race men's pro World Champion. Mark Cavendish the best in the business.
..for Wiggins, Froome and Sky. But we should overlook all the what ifs and marvel at a great Vuelta a España that ended with two British riders on the podium.