Whether the truth caught up with Lance Armstrong, or he saw it coming, it didn't matter. For many, the truth still proved the ultimate winner in the doping scandal surrounding the American, as he stood down as chairman of the Livestrong foundation and his main sponsor Nike cut him.
Following the United States Anti Doping Agency's release last Thursday of its findings into Armstrong and five former associates, that led to him being found guilty, banned for life and being stripped of all his results since August 1998, last night's developments were hailed as a huge turning point.
So significant were they, that many were left expecting the impossible: that Armstrong would actually confess to doping - much like the 11 former riders, who were among the 26 people who testified against him did. And, much like Australia's Matt White after it was revealed that he also took drugs while riding on Armstrong's United States Postal Service team from 2001 to 2003.
Similarly, Nike's severing of ties after pledging to still support him aroused immediate speculation as to whether his other sponsors would follow suit.
There was no hiding the importance of last night's developments.
In the half hour it took for the news to be released, it left many suspecting the flow of truth over Armstrong's drug use - that began as a trickle of rumour when he 'won' his first of a record seven Tours de France in 1999, and then developed into high tide level over recent years - would reach floodgate proportion very, very soon.
It began just after 11pm with the arrival of a Livestrong press release announcing that Armstrong, the non-profit Livestrong foundation founder and chairman, said he would relinquish his chairmanship.
"In 1996, as my cancer treatment was drawing to an end, I created a foundation to serve people affected by cancer. It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today has served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors. This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart."
Then Nike, who swore last week to stand by Armstrong, but has been subjected to protests for doing so, came to the fore by taking the emergency exit in a statement said: "Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him. Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner. Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer."
It is unknown what else besides USADA's evidence against Armstrong pushed Nike to so suddenly drop him.
Was it an allegation denied by Nike yesterday that it had paid the former Union Cycliste Internationale president Hein Verbruggen to cover up an old positive drug test? Or was it the mounting public unrest of cycling followers angered by the company's continued support of Armstrong and their threats this week to ban Nike products? Or all of the above?
No matter ...
As the clock began ticking past midnight and into the early hours of Thursday morning, the count to see who else would follow suit soon started.
Would it be Armstrong? Would he take what many believe is the untold truth to his grave? Or would he surrender that truth once and for all?
As sordid and cringe-inducing as it might be to hear from 41-year-old Armstrong's lips, that truth needs to be heard if cycling is to learn and move on.
Last night gave many hope that it might just be coming ...