"It has been a good day, with a very strong performance from my team to show that I can rely on my teammates as much as they can rely on me. Our plan was not to have a battle today and keep everything tight, under control. The beginning was hard as a very strong breakaway group went away and it took many kilometers for it to conform, but later on It all went down to the plan. I’m happy to go into the rest day with the yellow jersey. I’m quite confident and very motivated ahead of the second week."