"I tried to steal some seconds [on the final climb], but it was not the best situation. I didn’t have super explosive legs today. Anyway, it was a good warm-up for tomorrow, the queen stage of the race. I think everyone has gone to see the Col de la Loze. In my opinion, this is one of the hardest climbs I’ve ever done. You can kill yourself if you try too early - you might suffer all the way to the finish. I will see how the others feel on the way to the Col de la Loze… and, on the final section, we will see who has the legs and who doesn’t. There will be gaps and a mix-up on the GC. We see everyone is exhausted, that day by day the legs are getting more and more tired. I hope to have something left on my legs."