The Grande Partenza of the 97th edition of the Giro d’Italia put the island of Ireland on the cycling map in a big way as the Corsa Rosa was given a fitting send-off.
Rain may have fallen throughout the weekend but it did little to dampen the spirits of the crowds or to deny Marcel Kittel two stunning stage wins.
Orica-GreenEDGE, too, leave Ireland with plenty to celebrate as their stunning season continued with team time trial success and the maglia rosa.
And as the peloton heads to southern Italy, we have learned plenty from the race already over the first three days.
Now read on for five more observations from the three stages on the Emerald Isle, and add your own in the RCUK Forum.