"It has been a very hard stage. It is not often that you ride over 255 km - especially not on a Grand Tour. I wouldn’t have thought so many guys would want to be in the break today. I guess everyone will get a good night sleep today. I was pretty empty in the final. I was on my very limit, but I’m happy to keep the yellow jersey. I want to keep it for as long as possible. We will see what I can do tomorrow: I might be a bit too heavy to get over those climbs…"