I first heard the word ‘synchronicity’ in a brilliant song with that title by the Anglo-American rock group The Police.

If you want the full debate on its meaning have a look at the Wikipedia entry.

Simplistically, it is a phenomenon first described by the the famous psychologist Carl Jung as “meaningful coincidences”.

I often observe synchronicity in action both in my personal life and on the wider stage. I wonder if some people are more sensitive to it.

I think it is something similar to going with the flow, which top performers or sportspeople experience at the height of their practice. Your body seems self-synchronised, like an automaton, yet it is still you in control.

This also applies to writing, even the process of tapping the keyboard to produce these very words. You enter a subliminal state of subconscious expression, from which you then switch back into reality to ensure you are on the right course.

To me this is the story of life – sometimes data crunching and statistically analysing the likeliest option just won’t suffice. You have to know in your heart what is right and wrong without continuously referencing a ‘normal’ checkpoint.

I am hoping that synchronicity will happen today on the real ‘final’ stage of the 2019 Tour de France, with up to a dozen potential winners within a few minutes of each other after thousands of kilometres cycled.