There’s never been as much anticipation for the Giro d'Italia as the edition that's about to start on the streets of Naples.
For decades Italy's Grand Tour has been describes as the "poor cousin" of Le Tour de France or worse still "the world's second best three-week bike race."
A touch unfair I feel but there's no doubt the Giro has certainly been challenged for media coverage outside of Italy compared to its more prestigious French equivalent which hogs the headlines of every major news organisation year in, year out.
The media landscape is shifting however, and that was evident last year with the arrival of Michele Acquarone who took over the reigns as the Giro's new race director.
The 2013 European leg of the new season is just a few weeks old yet many cycling scribes appear to have written-off Cadel Evans as a likely Tour de France challenger this year.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned when covering the winner of the world’s biggest race is never, ever discount one of Australia’s most accomplished sportsmen.
Let’s not forget Cadel enjoyed promising results at the Tour of Oman in February when testing himself against Team Sky's Chris Froome and Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador.
Does the UCI have a promotions department? And who was responsible for luring the masses to the Minsk Velodrome for track cycling’s showcase event of the year?
The racing was brilliant and the elite riders competing at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships should be applauded for producing some marvellous and memorable performances.
In terms of pulling a crowd however, the five-day carnival was a major letdown. Whose fault was that?
Let's make one thing clear - Cycling Central didn't go about hunting down Jay Sweet in the reveal-all interview regarding his days as a European-based professional who once represented a high-profile French team at the Tour de France.
It was a chance meeting in the lobby of an Adelaide hotel in January when I met Sweet for the first time in 14 years.
To be honest he had to remind me who he was when we first laid eyes on each other, as I initially didn't recognize him.
Today as the world waits with bated breath on Lance Armstrong's “confession" to doping I'm hoping the much anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey isn’t just a publicity stunt.
It goes without saying Oprah is an American institution and she commands the highest respect as a chat-show queen, which in turn demands a global viewing audience, but when she said was "mesmerized" by Armstrong's retort during the two-part, two-and-a-half-hour session, I become sceptical.
As part of her research I hope Oprah had read Tyler Hamilton's explosive insight on doping in his book "The Secret Race".This was a sensational piece that really has mesmerized many on the practices that took place during cycling's so-called "dark era."