"It was a quite nervous and stressful stage, from the start all the way to the finish. As a team, we managed it really well. My teammates did a great job and we can be happy we avoided crashes. Staying healthy and in one piece is key on a grand tour. Hence it is very important to always be well positioned in the bunch, in order to avoid trouble and contend for the race. The level of Slovenian cycling is crazy right now, especially for us. As if every single one of the 2 million people living in our country were top athletes! Slovenia has always been present in the international peloton, but never got the kind of results Tadej and I are delivering. I’m proud to be writing history for Slovenian cycling."