Judging by the weekend, Alberto Contador's going to take some beating in this year's Giro d'Italia. In fact, it seems he'll take some beating in any race — full stop.
The Spaniard topped Saturday's unexpected second place behind Oscar 'The Cat' Gatto with an imperious display on the slopes of Etna to take the pink jersey.
Contador was utterly peerless as he ripped up the volcano like a lava flow in reverse, burning everything in his wake and leaving his dormant rivals' chances in ashes.
That Contador went about Saturday's unplanned attack on the way into Tropea while clearly knowing just how important Sunday's Sicilian showdown was going to be was perhaps the most impressive aspect of a thrilling weekend in Italy.
What's more, his stellar form almost makes a mockery of the psychological minefield he must still be experiencing ever since news broke of that positive clenbuterol test last summer.
With Contador now in the maglia rosa at such an early stage in the race, it's going to be fascinating to watch how it all pans out.
You see, Contador doesn't have a team so much as a collection of guys riding near him wearing the same coloured jersey with Saxo Bank written across it in big letters. Except now he's in pink even that's not strictly right.
Richie Porte, a revelation last year on his way to finishing seventh, lost more than 11 minutes on Sunday — and Contador will need the Tasmanian to relocate his legs sooner rather than later because there are still five more summit finishes in this barbaric Giro.
Still, racing on his own and without team-mates is exactly how Contador rolls. He managed it at Astana in the 2009 Tour — and then even his own team-mates were actively riding against him, or so it seemed.
But if anyone can win a race pretty much unassisted it's the Pistolero. Saddles is going to put his head on the line and say that he's a more complete rider than Lance Armstrong ever was — and probably a better all round one two.
He's won three Tours to Armstrong's seven — but if you think of the two years he was deprived of the chance to compete, and take into context the fact that he's still only 28, you get a more complete picture.
So, the big question on everyone's lips is just how do you topple someone as good as Contador — a rider who has won the previous five Grand Tours he has taken part in?
Well, Saddles has the answer: you don't have to beat him. Just ride for second place and then await the impending decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
If CAS decides to ban the Spaniard, then presumably they'd have to strip him not only of his Tour victory, but of any victory he's picked up since.
Although winning a Grand Tour by default isn't exactly the best way to be remembered — just ask Oscar Pereiro.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: "Well my legs exploded more violently than the f***ing volcano we were racing up today. Mount Etna. Twice. In one stage. Not nice." Mark Cavendish tweets it as it is after finishing last in Sunday's stage eight. Still, at least he made the cut, unlike his sprinting rival Robbie McEwen...