"Tomorrow is probably my last day with the polka dot jersey. Why haven’t I been on the escape? Maybe because I’m so easy to identify with this leopard... [laughs] Three riders escaped and the squad didn’t want to allow us to join the breakaway so it would be easy to control. And yet I’m sure it wasn’t easy to catch them... I would have liked to be in front. Today, to get into the breakaway, you had to be fighting for half an hour, or more. Every day is harder to be on the front."