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Before kick-off famous spoon bender Uri had predicted a 2-1 Newcastle victory, with Alan Shearer scoring with a penalty.
By the midway point both Colin Shearer and James Melville had punctured reducing the chasing bunch to 4 riders.
In fact, Shearer is seen by many to be the perfect embodiment of the nation.
Shearer played his part by putting the magpies in the lead from the penalty spot.
Alan Shearer was too prickly, Nigel Mansell too dull.