"It was the plan for me to go on the break. First and foremost, my goal was to help my teammates, avoiding them the duty of pulling, letting them save some energy as we had many options to sprint for the victory. I managed to get in the break and turned on to fight for the mountain jersey. When I saw there was someone stronger than me on the sprint, I decided to go all out from afar on the following climb. I got a gap, realised it was a big one, and told myself… Let’s go! I kept on riding ahead of the peloton to secure the polka dot jersey. It is a dream come true to be racing at the Tour de France, and to start it by wearing this jersey is unbelievable. I will try to keep it tomorrow. My legs feel very tired right now, but we will see what is possible."