The underwhelming nature of the elite women's road race in Ponferrada, Spain is a clarion call to throw caution to the wind and bring back impetuosity, writes Anthony Tan.
With just under two laps remaining in the elite women's road world championship, as lone escapee Alison Powers held a slender 21-second advantage to the peloton, the conversation in the SBS Television studio between Cycling Central host Mike Tomalaris and pundits Olivia Gollan and Henk Vogels went something like this...
Tomalaris: Well, the laps are running out in the women's road race... Under two laps to go and we've got an attack from an American, Alison Powers... Liv, we've been waiting for this for a long, long time, haven't we?
Has anyone given much thought to what might happen if, by some twist of fate, Cadel Evans wins Sunday's world championship road race? Because according to Anthony Tan, the situation isn't entirely impossible.
There was one rather significant omission in Friday's news story that confirmed widespread speculation Cadel Evans would retire at his eponymous bike race on February 1 next year, 13 days before celebrating his 38th birthday.
It came from a press release I received from his BMC Racing Team in the early hours of Friday morning, headlined 'Evans's Future Includes BMC Ambassador Role'.
If revenge is a dish best served cold, then Otto, a.k.a. Sky team principal Dave Brailsford, was served a 10-course degustation of offal by Ken, a.k.a. Bradley Wiggins, on Wednesday in Ponferrada, writes Anthony Tan.
When I woke to the news this morning that Sir Wiggo had won, and imagined what he must be thinking right now, I couldn't help but think of one of the final scenes from A Fish Called Wanda.
Otto: [laughing] It's K-K-K-Ken! C-c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me! How you gonna c-c-c-catch me, K-K-K-Ken?
As far as Anthony Tan is concerned there is only one man Simon Gerrans need concern himself with this Sunday, as he attempts to repeat the feat of Cadel Evans five years ago.
Take a guess and ask yourself who is delivering the praise and who is being praised.
Out of the 500 odd riders in the WorldTour, which rider maintains complete focus from his first race day to the last? Full Story
It's a question being bandied around a lot of late, and in Australia at least, speculation is reaching fever pitch. For Anthony Tan, the answer is simple.
Realistically, how many more chances do you think you have left to win the Tour de France?
'Two, maybe three...'