Blimey, it's all happening, isn't it? So soon after the UCI witnessed a much-needed changing of the guard, Rui Costa secured Portugal's first ever world championship title, 'Purito' Rodriguez managed to dry his tears with a Lombardian cigar, a "human" 2014 Giro d'Italia route was unveiled and now Europcar are flirting with hitting top gear.
First, though, the big news that set the tone for what has been a pulverising period: Pat McQuaid was forced out of cycling's governing body after losing his ding-dong duel with bearded, affable, stylish and witty Brit, Brian Cookson.
With a sporting and stoic McQuaid promising to stay in cycling once he returns from "a good holiday, which I badly need" (presumably to Thailand or Morocco - or both), Cookson, the messiah, took to the stage in Florence to prompt a celebratory 'Hallelujah' from Lance Armstrong.
Even Jonathan Vaughters said he was tempted to crack open a bottle of one of his numerous vintages at 7am as the news broke in the US, while Cookson was quick to invite that man Armstrong to contribute to a Truth and Reconciliation process as he tries to rebuild the faltering foundations of a sport sinking into the quagmire of doping, corruption and scandal.
Moments after Cookson been elected in the Tuscan capital, the heavens opened and focus shifted to the actual sport of cycling: namely, the wettest World Championships road race on record.
As we all know (especially anyone following the UCI leadership tangle), when the sun shines after a long period of rain there's often a rainbow in store. But said rainbow wasn't destined to run horizontally around the chest of Ray Ban-wearing, pint-sized, punchy-ramp buccaneer Joaquim Rodriguez, but instead rangy strawberry blonde all-rounder Rui Costa, voted (in a fit of retrospective hyperbole) Portugal's sportsman of the year ahead of Christiano Ronaldo in 2012 after recording his country's best ever finish in the World Championships in Valkenberg - 11th place.
It's safe to say Ronaldo may now have to wait yet another year before he takes back his ubiquitous crown as Portugal's best athlete.
Quicker than you can say methylhexaneamine while picking a fight with a Spanish baroudeur named Barredo, Rodriguez was reduced to a flood of tears on the podium after yet another close-but-no-cigar performance.
Having lost last year's Giro by 16 seconds on the final day and then seen compatriot Alberto Contador snatch away his gold jersey in the Vuelta after an uncharacteristic bonk just days before the finish in Madrid, Rodriguez was understandably gutted about missing out on a world championships title that seemed to have his name all over it.
Spanish coach Javier Minguez claimed that two medals was still "cause for a fiesta" but lambasted third-place Alejandro Valverde for allowing Costa to return to Rodriguez's wheel in the final kilometre. For his part, Valverde said he physically couldn't hold Costa's wheel - which wasn't so far-fetched considering the rain-soaked seven hours and 270km they had spent in the saddle.
"I wanted to win but it's the fate of Purito," Rodriguez said with a mixture of pathos and pretension. "To lose the Giro by a whisker, the Vuelta and now the world championships... that's life."
Thankfully for the World Tour's number one cyclist for the second successive season, redemption was just around the corner for Rodriguez, who secured back-to-back victories in another sodden Giro di Lombardia one week later in northern Italy to bring the European season to a close. Valverde's second-place finish not only looked a bit convenient given the events of the previous Sunday, it also underlined "how stupid we [Spain] look for not getting gold" (to borrow a phrase from Minguez).
Although the season will not officially end until after the annual Smog Race in Beijing, already eyes are turning towards next season - as exemplified with the unveiling of the 2014 Giro d'Italia route, which took place in Milan on Monday.
All in all, the verdict is that the course will provide a balanced and more human race than in previous years - although it wasn't confirmed whether or not said course would suit riders in the prime of their careers, or early 40-somethings on the look out for a contract extension next year.
The route includes three time trials, three rest days (with an extra one added to allow for the return from Ireland after stage three), eight likely sprint finishes and nine mountainous slogs, with a grand denouement in the final week that will include five summit finishes, including a re-running of the stage over the Gavia and Stelvio that was cancelled this year due to bad weather.
Ten years after his death from a cocaine overdose, the 97th edition of the Giro will pay homage to the late Marco Pantani with summit finishes at Oropa and Montecampione to recall two of the Pirate's most memorable victories at the Giro.
Such a gesture is all well and good, but surely it's not only Blazin' Saddles who is confused by the message it's sending out to the youngsters. After all, Pantani's victory at the Orapa sanctuary in 1999 came days before he was disqualified from the race due to a high haematocrit level. It's a bit like the new UCI president continuing his building-bridges movement with Lance Armstrong by dedicating the 101th Tour to the Texan and then plugging mercilessly the queen stage to Sestrieres.
Anyway, the defending champion Vincenzo Nibali - despite being present at the unveiling - will probably skip the Giro to concentrate on the Tour, although Australian veteran Cadel Evans is seriously considering doing the opposite in what Cyclingnews rather generously describes "could be his final season as a Grand Tour contender."
One notable absentee at the presentation was Giro race director Michele Acquarone himself after it emerged that the general manager of RCS Sport (the events company that runs the Giro) had been suspended from his role as a precaution while the company carries out an internal investigation regarding the possible misappropriation of up to 13 million euros.
Such figures make the scandal over the Paul Kimmage support fund seem like a mere trifle - although it's worth noting this week that a website was set up by the much maligned figure at the centre of that particular storm (Twitter's @UCI_Overlord) allowing people to recoup, finally, the money that they donated.
As for the affable Acquarone, he took to Twitter to say: "Somebody said: 'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain'. I like the rain, my name is Acqua." Although, on closer inspection, this was actually said prior to the RCS Sport funds storm and, presumably, in reference to the weather-afflicted world championships.
In Acquarone's absence, Gazzetta dello Sport editor Andrea Monti gave the presentation for the 2014 Giro route, announcing from the platform: "This is a human Giro. Yes, it's the hardest race in the world's most beautiful place, but it doesn't ask too much. The Giro and cycling don't need a superhero. They need men who win in a credible way."
Talking of which, Vuelta winner Chris Horner - still without a team for the coming season - took to Twitter (#hedidthat) to vent his frustration and fight his case after cracked ribs ruled him out of the Tour of Beijing.
A series of 24 tweets sent over the course of two hours from his hometown in Oregon - each ending with the hashtag #ididthat - listed the sacrifices and achievements the American made over the years in a bid to present his unexpected Vuelta victory last month as the logical outcome of a lifetime's total dedicated to his sport.
Having re-enacted the key moments of his career on Twitter, Horner concluded with a final message shortly after midnight - "Yes it was worth it and yes the dream continues... With or without the belief #ididthat!" - before, presumably, draining his glass of whisky and heading up to bed.
Elsewhere in the sport, Europcar have finally applied for World Tour status for the first time since 2005. With Euskaltel and Vacansoleil disbanding at the end of the season, there will be one place up for grabs as the quota of top tier teams drops from 19 back to the usual 18 in 2014.
While this would add more green to the flawed breakaways of both the Giro and Vuelta, it could all be immaterial in the medium term: the UCI announced this week an outline for the future of the World Tour, which would reduce the number of top tier teams to 16 with a three division hierarchy established across which teams could be promoted or relegated.
It has been dubbed "something of a Formula One on bicycles" which hardly bodes well given the snore-fest that is motorsport these days. Although perhaps we would finally see Fernando Alonso involved in cycling after exiting the pits with his stalled Euskaltel project?
Next week, Blazin' Saddles runs through the main transfer gossip as the season draws to a close...