"I expected a tough start today, but in the end it was fine. The team had a great day, and that was convenient! As for my strategy, once the intermediate sprint is done, it’s all about preparing for the next day - saving energy, saving the legs. Whatever extra effort you do is due to be paid in the following days, especially in this hard Tour de France. It is about fighting our way through Sunday. That will be a day to enjoy. I’m getting more optimistic, but it is just because I felt so good on the bike today. Things can change quickly."