Anger drove England's Alex Dowsett to Commonwealth Games gold in the men's road time-trial after illness ruined his hopes of competing in his first Tour de France.
David Millar likened the excitement around his first Glasgow 2014 experience to a Tour de France stage after finishing eighth in the time trial.
The Scot goes into Sunday's road race with greater expectations for himself but the atmosphere in his home nation exceeded his wildest dreams.
What an excellent mug, Sir Brad. (Miguel Indurain is of course one of Wiggins' great cycling heroes.)
After a gutsy fourth-placed finish in this year's Tour, it looks like Movistar 'leader' Alejandro Valverde will have to make way for his much younger team-mate Nairo Quintana in terms of the team's GC ambitions in 2015.
BMC's Greg van Avermaet won the traditional post-Tour de France criterium in the Belgian town of Aalst.
Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford is already preparing for the 2015 Tour de France after a disappointing three-week campaign.
After flawless performances in winning with Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome in the 100th edition of the race, Team Sky's luck deserted them in 2014.