But a rather good cyclist from a country that seems now to have an enlivened enthusiasm for bicycling has just won a race.
Many people are feeling very cheerful about this.
As am I, as I and my weekend warrior friends used that route and know every twist, turn and manhole cover on it.
Mind you, he's off for drug testing after doing it, whereas my gang usually went for omelettes, toast, espresso and prosecco.
We needed the sustenance, 'cos we took 3 times as long