"It could have been a lot easier than it has been… [laughs] It was touch and go the whole day. BikeExchange went hard in the climb before the intermediate sprint, and burnt so many matches there. The group was away with many people and myself and Morkov got the points ahead of Matthews. My stage was done. I’ve done this climb ten times, and every time I have despised it. I’m grateful my teammates helped me out. I got a bit emotional because my teammates help me go through so much in this Tour de France. I’d like to try to win at least a stage. But I’d like to stay in the bunch for one day at least."