The race referees exonerated Mark Cavendish from any wrongdoing in a controversial sprint finish won by Marcel Kittel in which the German's team-mate Tom Veelers ended up on the deck but the Manxman still ended up in the midst of a storm.
David Kelly writes on the opening stages of the Tour de France.
So much for convention. So much for history in this, the 100th edition of the Tour de France.
Red Bull have an impressive record when it comes to meeting fresh challenges and the latest one is something completely different: how will Mark Webber's decision to quit the team upset the most impressive operation in Formula One?
Mo Farah is unequivocal. "It's the big one," says the double Olympic champion of Sunday's 5,000m Diamond League race in Birmingham.
On a day of familiarly cloying British summer drizzle victories for Laura Robson and Andy Murray on a covered Centre Court provided a hometown centrepiece to an afternoon at Wimbledon that was distinctly and even rather jarringly Brit-flavoured.
The Rugby League fraternity can be a sceptical lot, and sometimes it takes a new voice to make people sit up and take notice of what is going on in the game.
As Sir Bradley Wiggins discovered in June when he took the world hour record, you can be pedalling around an indoor velodrome in dry, warm conditions, yet fall foul of the British weather.
As an Irishman with a passable singing voice and an appreciation of the more legitimate musical accomplishments of his compatriot Van Morrison, Barry McGuigan would recognise in Mighty Like A Rose, an early Them classic, the shape that is forming around the career of Carl Frampton.