The first start in the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana and World Tour by an Australian team - Orica GreenEDGE - whose debut season was kick-started by Australian Simon Gerrans winning the national title in Buninyong, Victoria, the Tour Down Under in Adelaide and the 103rd running of the Milan-San Remo single-day classic in Italy. The season ended with the team having amassed 33 wins, while the women's team - Orica-AIS - came close to matching that result with 30 wins.
The reaction of Lance Armstrong to the revelations that stemmed from a United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation into the former seven-time Tour winner and five other former associates. Armstrong was found guilty of doping and other offences, banned for life from all signatory sports with the World Anti-Doping Agency and stripped of all his wins since August 1998, when he returned from near fatal testicular cancer. One bright note from the gloom was that the unrepentant American was caught.
Bradley Wiggins. A former track rider, he was named BBC British Sports Personality of the Year and is strongly fancied to be knighted after a year in which he became the first British Tour de France winner. He also won Olympic gold and triumphed in major pre-tour races such as the Criterium du Dauphine and Paris-Nice events in France.
How the world organising body Union Cycliste Internationale moves ahead in the aftermath of the USADA investigation and how it responds to the upcoming recommendations. Will calls for truth and reconciliation, and sweeping changes at the top of the UCI hierarchy be heard?
Can Cadel Evans claim a second career win after his disappointing seventh place in the 2012 Tour?
''I say they're just f ---ing wankers, I cannot be doing [sic] with people like that. It justifies their own bone-idleness because they can't ever imagine applying themselves to do anything in their lives … And that's ultimately it - c----.'' Bradley Wiggins on anonymous twitterers who doubted his performances.
''Back in Austin and just layin' around …''
Lance Armstrong posted these words and the photo above a month after being stripped of his titles.