Stephen Swart's phone sat silent this week, at least as far as what would have been his highest profile conversation was concerned.
While the rest of the cycling fraternity may have waited in anticipation of a call from disgraced drug cheat Lance Armstrong to his old teammate Swart, the New Zealander knew the score: Armstrong had no intention of picking up the phone.
Armstrong was thought to have flown out of Auckland tonight, having failed to follow through on his stated intention of calling Swart.
While he was in Auckland for a Lion Breweries commercial, Armstrong, who won, and was stripped of, seven Tour de France titles for doping, repeatedly said he wanted to speak to Swart.
Whether it was to clear the air with one of the first riders to speak publicly about Armstrong's doping regime, or just say gidday wasn't clear.
Swart, asked last night whether the phone had rung said: "What would you think? You don't have to double check, you know the answer."
Had he genuinely expected sport's highest profile drug cheat to follow through on his intention?
"It's just a PR stunt on his behalf to make himself look (good) in front of everybody else," Swart, one of this country's finest road riders, said.
"All the people that he's hurt over the years, he's never officially gone in front of them and apologised."
Swart, who rode with Armstrong before his treatment for cancer, pointed out Armstrong would have known his itinerary well before landing in New Zealand.
"If he had any intention (of getting in touch) he would have made contact prior. He had no intention."
Swart said had Armstrong called he would have talked to him. There would have been no slamming the phone - "I've got no reason not to (chat).