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.
Exhausting to play, exhausting to watch: at times during Andy Murray's 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 quarter-final defeat of David Ferrer there was a sense of some fresh apogee of attritional, muscular baseline tennis being played out.
England's quest to be the No1 ranked ODI side has been thwarted not by the Australians but the capricious English weather after yesterday's match was abandoned at 6.10pm.
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.
Two weeks after his lucky escape from a shark attack, Mick Fanning has donated a $75,000 television appearance fee to Mathew Lee, the surfer who was mauled by a great white in Ballina early last month.
Ronda Rousey wanted to knockout Bethe Correia. So she did.