Another Tour de France is done and dusted and all that’s left is for fans and pundits alike to dissect the race and give it some context, writes Philip Gomes.
So what was the 2014 Tour all about? What can we take away from it? Was it any good? My take is that while there was a lot to enjoy, this race was not as good competitively as the Giro d’Italia, but your mileage may vary.
The mountains classification battle was interesting until the final week, but the general and points classifications were settled early on. That said, it allowed us to focus on other riders and their incredible performances, like the heartbreaking metres-only loss by Kiwi Jack Bauer to Alexander Kristoff.
The idea that Vincenzo Nibali is somehow not a deserving or worthy champion appears to be growing since Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were both forced out of the Tour de France due to injury.
This is the perplexing narrative that is developing around this year's Tour de France and it's one that needs to be immediately snuffed out.
While it may be an interesting debating point it's also utter rubbish, but at least one loud-mouth team owner is using his bully pulpit to spread a bit of manure around, giving the idea traction.
Cycling can sometimes be a tough sport to access for the uninitiated, and with 22 teams and 200 riders at the Tour de France all harbouring different duties and goals, it can be endlessly complex.
One specific example at this year’s Tour underscores that complexity while at the same time allowing us to enjoy a rider ruthlessly crafting a place for himself on the final podium in Paris.
That sometimes unfathomable complexity is the real beauty of cycling, and it is what makes it so watchable for purists.
Whatever you may think about the outcome of Stage 5 of the Tour de France one thing is certain, fortune favours the brave.
Vincenzo Nibali has always had a nose for chance, they don’t call him the Shark of Messina for nothing, and he used that to sniff out a winning ride.
Already in yellow, Nibali rode like the Grand Tour winner he is, in front and marshalling his Astana troops with him. It was the kind of performance that wins Grand Tours.
Cycling fans aren’t the only interested observers of Team Sky's Tour de France selection dramas, even those close to the sport like Tinkoff-Saxo's Bjarne Riis have been, perhaps cheekily, drawn in by the soap opera.
Bradly Wiggins v Chris Froome and Chris Froome v Bradley Wiggins has been one of the best stories in professional cycling over the past two years.
Yet, despite well the reported tensions within the team, Sky has done what it set out to do when it began, winning the Tour. And it has done so with two strong but different personalities.