...not. It shows how far British cycling has come over the last few years that coming away from the 2013 UCI Road World Championships with one medal was a great disappointment.
...now. Last year a victory saw Jonathan Tiernan-Locke get a big move to Sky this year it saw Sir Bradley Wiggins put a little gloss on what has been an otherwise “after the lord mayor's show” season.
...tail. The French couldn't let Britain have it all their own way on the 100th Tour de France, well with a bit of help from the Germans. But they couldn't stop Chris Froome winning the yellow jersey for Britain's second Tour victory.
...stage victory. After stage 13 from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond we saw the old Mark Cavendish, not the the grumpy old man looking for answers, but the chirpy young pup buzzing about his team.
...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.
...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.
...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.
...Britain. A crowning week of glory for British cycling as the crowds massed to see current top names in the game along with names of the future.
...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.