Andy Murray admitted the subconscious effect of the "pressure and stress" that weighs on him at Wimbledon every year had left him "very emotional" as he became the first British man to reach the singles final for 74 years.
The first week of the Tour has been mad but it is always like that. You tend to forget how it is because it is really like this only at the Tour.
So this is it.
Sky, having been told by Dave Brailsford to "stop dithering", were more prominent at the end of the flattest stage of the Tour than they had been in any of the preceding days but in an ironic twist Mark Cavendish failed to benefit, losing a Champs Elysées sprint for the first time in his career.
Just over five years ago Roger Federer, shortly after winning his fifth straight Wimbledon title, let slip his thoughts about Novak Djokovic, at that time the new kid on the block.
For someone who numbers the Invisible Man among his favourite superheroes, Andy Murray will be hard to miss.
Andy Murray has a friend in Tim Henman, linked as they are by a common burden not entirely of their own making, and their conversation in a quiet corner of the All England Club before the Scot plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday could help him rewrite a chapter of tennis history.
After Bradley Wiggins flirted with disaster on Tuesday, on Wednesday it was Mark Cavendish's turn to see his Tour and Olympic ambitions flashing past in front of him as the front part of the Tour's peloton hit the deck.
Because grand slam tennis is as much a contest of the mind as a battle of technique, Roger Federer already has his strategy for Friday's greatly anticipated semi- final with his nemesis Novak Djokovic.
The Rio mayor, Eduardo Paes, launched a feisty defence of Olympic preparations on Wednesday as the host city marked the one-year countdown to the 2016 Games with a presidential gala and a test rowing event.
Adam Peaty set a world record in winning his 50m breaststroke semi-final as he closes in on his second gold medal at the world championships in Kazan, having claimed victory over 100m 24 hours earlier.
A nine year-old bat boy has died after being hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas on Saturday.