Four years ago Ivan Basso won his first Giro title just weeks before his career was thrown into turmoil after the Italian rider was caught up in Operacion Puerto.
It's fair to say that since his two-year suspension Basso has hardly been the rider he once was.
Remember Lance Armstrong's schmaltzy farewell on the Champs Elysees back in 2005? According to the man who had just won seven consecutive Tours, Basso was the future of racing, the guy who was going to go on and win a hat load of big races.
The Giro quickly followed but we all know what happened next. Basso's downfall and the sudden arrival on the scene of one Alberto Contador kind of changed cycling's 'parametres'.
But on Sunday, in front of a strong partisan crowd in Verona, Basso won his second career Giro title and, most tellingly, his first major tour since his ban.
Has any rider won a Grand Tour after serving two years of a ban for doping? Saddles (still in Wales with Mrs Saddles - aka The Bike - if you're wondering) can't recall one. Talk about a total resurrection.
Basso's victory and Nibali's third place meant BS predicted two thirds of the podium correctly. Calling Evans (perhaps too obviously) in second place meant a full house was denied. Damn you, Cuddles.
The final time trial went to Swedish Olympic silver medallist Gustav Larsson, who rode early on the day and had to watch agonisingly on TV as the main contenders battled it out over the lumpy 15km course in Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet.
Verona was also the setting for Francesco Moser's Giro-winning time trial performance back in 1984 - despite runner-up Laurent Fignon's claims that Italian was unfairly "blown" to victory by a pursuing TV helicopter.
Typical French sore-losing gripes there - the only person Saddles knows who was blown to victory was Hugh Heffner.
Besides, everyone with any good sense knows that the atmosphere created by the swoosh of a helicopter actually dehydrates cyclists and makes them more prone to hallucinations. Get with it, Laurent. What's next - motorised doping? As if that could ever happen...
So, Larsson's win made sure that just under 50 per cent of this year's stage winners on the Giro were first-time Grand Tour victors - quite an extraordinary statistic.
Saying 'Arrivederci' on Sunday was Lampre's Gilberto Simoni, calling it quits after a long and illustrious career. The 38-year-old wore a collar and a pink tie during the ITT in homage to a race he won twice, collecting eight stages along the way.
In return, the Italian was granted a 'Lifetime Achievement Award', something usually reserved for the likes of Queen, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin.
All in all, it was a splendid Giro - perhaps the most engaging three-week race in recent years - and Saddles has enjoyed covering it immensely.
Apologies for the humour tapering off a little in recent posts - we'll be back to basics with the usual weekly effort as of this Wednesday.
And then, of course, there's the Tour.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I have to thank my team-mates yet again. Especially Nibali who finished with me on the podium. He'll win the Giro one day." BS is sure most people agree with Ivan on pretty much all those points there.