Ben Swift rounded off a stunning lead-out from Team Sky in perfect style by winning stage two at the Amgen Tour of California and in the process claimed the race leader's golden jersey.
"It's pretty special when it all works out like that."
The youngster produced a power-packed sprint at the end of the revised 122.8 kilometres route from Nevada City to Sacramento, which ended with three 3.2km laps around California's state capital.
It was soon after the start of the final lap when Team Sky burst to the head of affairs and on roads made slick by rain they dominated the closing stages from the front.
Mathew Hayman put in a typically huge turn and heading into the 700 metres-long finishing straight it was Jeremy Hunt and Greg Henderson who maintained the momentum to put Swift in position.
The 23-year-old still had work to do though and he timed his finishing kick to perfection as he repelled the late thrusts of Peter Sagan (Liquigas) and Matt Goss (HTC-Highroad).
It was Swift's fifth win of an already-memorable season and with the opening stage having been cancelled because of freezing temperatures it means he will sport the leader's jersey into the third stage.
Team Sky's Sports Director Marcus Ljungqvist was understandably delighted with the victory and keen to pay tribute to the team as a whole. He told us: "Every single one of them played their part - we had it planned and they carried it out superbly, it was a great effort. They all went to the marks we'd set out beforehand and it's pretty special when it works out like that.
"That last lap was very, very impressive. I didn't see it myself when it was actually happening but on the radio they were screaming 'Sky, Sky' all the time and I had goosebumps listening to it!"
And of Swift, who was adding to two victories at the Tour Down Under and stage wins at both Castilla y Leon and the Tour de Romandie, Ljungqvist added: "He's been showing this form right from the beginning of the year and it's been fantastic to see.
"And that goes for everyone else too - I think they all step up a little bit when they know they have guys like Swifty as the last man."
Swift was his usual modest self as he too deflected the praise onto his colleagues, saying: "The team was just unreal - they were fantastic and I can't thank them enough.
"They kept it so cool and delivered me perfectly, it was awesome. I had a pretty long sprint and it felt good.
"The shortened circuit we raced today meant fresh riders and a quicker finish. It was a pretty long circuit and you needed to ride fast but we were able to come over the top and take control on the final lap. You need to ride together and everyone did the job 100 percent."
Even the rain played a part, with Rotherham-based Swift adding: "I think everyone was just really motivated to get going again, but because it was raining, guys respected each other and gave each other enough space.
"The rain actually helped me a little bit because, coming from Britain, you get to experience riding in rain. It puts a fear in some people and helps you control things more. And even with the rain, the circuit was lined with fans which was great to see."
Henderson played a pivotal role in guiding Swift towards the line and he talked us through the final stages, explaining: "It was a pretty complicated finish and the rain added a bit of nervousness to the bunch but our plan was to try and take control with one lap to go.
"We did that down the back straight and at the finish Jeremy took off with about 650m left, with me on his wheel. He got me to around the 300 to 350 mark and we could feel a bit of a head/crosswind so we left just enough room for Swifty to come round. He came past with about 150 to 120 metres to go so it was a textbook lead-out really."
Tuesday's third stage will see Swift proudly wearing the golden jersey and the 192km route from Auburn to Modesto looks another one for the sprinters.
"It should be another bunch sprint," agreed Ljungqvist. "You can't take that for granted as plenty of factors come into play but I reckon that's the most likely scenario and we'll now be concentrating on that."