"We had a teammate in the break and the gap quickly rose to 10 minutes. It was a bit stressful because then we thought we might finish the stage with a gap of 5 minutes. It wouldn’t have been good for GC. Then the peloton really accelerated in the final quarter of the race. I tried to hang on for as long as possible in the group for the main contenders. On the penultimate climb, I couldn’t stay with the big guns but I finish in the group right behind, with some impressive girls. I still lack a bit of power to follow the strongest moves."