There is a reason the individual time trial is often referred to as ‘the race of truth’ – no team-mates, just a solitary effort against the clock on a huge variety of courses, with no place to hide.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) was, unusually for him, one of the riders to suffer on stage ten of the Vuelta a Espana, admitting he had started too fast on a tricky uphill section and paid the price.
Then again, with team-mate Luke Rowe discovering his hotel mini fridge was lacking in Mars bars, perhaps there were extenuating circumstances.
As Froome struggled, meanwhile, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) were the big winners on the day.
Not that anybody was there to see it – with many riders beating a hasty retreat to Pamplona, the start town for stage 11, as soon as their own efforts were finished.
We learned all this and more from Twitter in the aftermath of the stage. Check out our round-up of the best rider reaction below.