Perhaps dismayed by the lack of high-speed pile-ups during the Tour's second stage in Corsica, one dog owner decided he'd level things out by letting his cute pooch off the leash just as the world's biggest bike race approached at breakneck speed.
Animated by the whooshing past of birthday boy Sylvain Chavanel, the dog - which looked very much like a West Highland White Terrier - scampered across the road into the path of the Cannondale-led peloton.
Having seen his pet almost reach the other side of the road, the owner had the smart idea of whistling and beckoning it back - a bit like seeing your baby cross a railway line and then telling it to "crawl back this instant".
When the dog duly turned around before came to a standstill in the middle of the road, the owner - perhaps inspired by the latest Superman film - then had the even brighter idea of running out to try and save his best furry friend.
Saddles isn't sure at what point in the owner's decision-making process did he think that throwing himself out in front of 100 men riding rather fast would ameliorate a sorry situation - but then again, Saddles doesn't own a sprightly white puppy who loves him so much he wouldn't dream of embarrassing him in front of one billion spectators worldwide.
Both strays - the dog and owner - realised just in the nick of time that they'd be doing loads of people a rather huge favour by taking drastic evasive action.
Although in the case of the white dog, it is thought that some of the hair from its tail was caught in the spokes of Peter Sagan's front wheel. It was that close.
It's hard to tell, but the time lost by the pack in checking their speed momentarily was probably a bit more than the one second with which lone escapee Jan Bakelants held on to take the stage.
What the cameras didn't show was that moments after the dog cheated death by avoiding a 60kmh rendez-vous with the Cannondale train, the fluffy creature was in fact run over by the Orica-GreenEdge coach, whose driver was looking upwards at overhead obstacles rather than watching the road.
Don't worry, Saddles is only kidding. What really happened was Philippe Gilbert dismounted, picked a fight with the owner and his daughter, and then tried to take a swing at the sheepish hound.
Only joking. Marcus Burghardt actually ploughed into the mutt and buckled his front wheel.
No! That was 2009! All these dog episodes are merging into one. You'd think spectators with dogs would have learned their lesson by now...
But it's not just dogs who get all excited at the sight of a dangerous-looking body of men hurtling forward at speed.
Moments earlier, just after Europcar's Cyril Gautier had been pegged back by the pack, one man wearing nothing much more than a pair of tight speedos suddenly staggered out towards two riders who had edged clear.
What was most alarming is that the man, who looked to be holding a can of beer, only seemed to stop when he turned round to pick up the cap which had just fallen from his head.
In his defence, the incident did take place on a zebra crossing - so perhaps he was merely trying to cross the road.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I don't know how tight it was - pretty tight I think." Markel Irizar's reaction to his slender win.
Hang on, it wasn't Irizar - it was Jan Bakelants. Although everyone thought it was Bakelants's RadioShack team-mate Irizar because it was his name that appeared on our screens - and the Spaniard's name that topped the subject line of the first results broadcasted across the wires.
Either way, the quote would only have been more of an understatement had it been uttered by the Orica-GreenEdge bus driver one day earlier...
STAGE 3: Ajaccio to Calvi, 145km
The Times newspaper sent its chief sports correspondent to do a reconnaissance of all the Corsican stages and he concluded that of all of them, this was the toughest. More noticeable than the narrow, small roads was the fact that over the course of the entire 145.5km, there is only about seven metres of proper flat.
Four categorised climbs punctuate a parcours that either goes up or down pretty much all the way, with the hardest of the ascents, the Cat.2 Col de Marsolino, coming around 15km from the finish. Like on Sunday, the sprinters can forget it: this one is a puncheur's delight and no doubt has had Thomas Voeckler's tongue salivating since last winter's route announcement.
Voeckler gave us a taste of that tongue with an attack on Sunday - and surely we'll see it wagging off the front from the outset on Monday.
Voeckler or no Voeckler, the stage should be won by a break, with the winner taking the third yellow jersey of the race. No one will win the Tour on stage three, but it could be lost.
Just ask Thomas De Gendt - the Stelvio King lost 17 minutes en route to Ajaccio. With Chris Froome in such good form, his GC rivals will have to watch him on the final Cat.2 climb 15km from the finish.
PLAT DU JOUR
Given that this is the last stage in Corsica, we're going to cook up a storm. You can't come all the way to this Mediterranean island without sampling some of the seafood, so order some grilled sardines and a bowl of Corsican bouillabaisse, 'aziminu', which combines fish, shellfish, crustaceans and squid, and, for good measure, is flavoured with pastis, fennel and pepper.
For your main try some 'agnellu en perbronata' - lamb cooked in a sauce of tomato and peppers - or just gorge yourself on various hams, salamis and sausages: after all, they say that Corsica's middle name is charcuterie.
The riders, who face quite a bit of climbing today, will do well to remember an old Tuscan proverb that says: "One glass of Corsican wine and I climb Stromboli". The local vino is indeed both rustic and explosive - and a swig of rouge ahead of the Col de Marsolino could provide a much-needed boost ahead of the finale in Calvi.
Hunger pangs can be satisfied by dipping the local honey and lemon-infused biscuits, 'canistrelli', into wine. Pots of Corsican honey - prized since Roman times as the 'honey of honeys' and the only honey in France to obtain AOC status - were even sent into space in 1999, to supply the Mir space station... Eat your heart out, Katusha.