I spent the three days 'tour chasing' and I am confident that this triumphant spectacle can leave a lasting legacy if we let it... until now the next generation of cyclists has been "let down" by a lack of safe roads... now we just need to see the representative Government investment to ensure this passion has a deep and lasting impact.
This year looks set to be a good summer for cycling in the UK. For starters, the Tour de France is kicking off in Yorkshire in July, the first time it has done so in the UK since 2007. And there's every chance Chris Froome could hold on to his title, despite his difficulties this weekend in the Critérium du Dauphiné .
In many ways, these are echoes of the widespread trepidation, cynicism and finger-crossing that marked the build-up to the London Olympics. Those fears were unfulfilled on that occasion and the feel-good factor produced for the country that summer was something that will be hard for us all to forget.
In the past three weeks on the roads and up the mountains of France perhaps an opportunity has been starting to unfold. The greatest cycling race in the world, which in its centenary edition remains defiantly French in every detail of its character and organisation , is becoming a part of our British sporting summer too.