Chris Froome (Team Sky) – lost 40 seconds
“It was a tough day. It wasn’t as long but after yesterday it was another brutal finish.
“I’m definitely not going to lie, it took a lot out of me, that crash before the race in Jerusalem. I had a lot of pain in my right hand side. In this game, if you’re not at your absolute best you’ve got nowhere to hide. You can only hide it for so long. I feel that I have been progressing throughout the race and I’m still just chipping away and hoping to do the best that I can.
“I’m going to keep fighting. It’s good to get this racing in the legs. I haven’t done much racing this year and it’s good to get the racing in. I haven’t given up hope. We saw yesterday with Esteban just how quickly this race can change for any one of those GC riders. I’m going to keep plugging away. I’m really motivated and we’re going to do as much as we can.” (Eurosport)
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) – Stage winner and overall leader
[Did you plan it?] “Yes and no. We decided before the stage that we wouldn’t chase for the stage, because normally in a finish like that there are some faster guys who have won before me. That also proved true – the guys like Tim Wellens and Lotto-Jumbo, they came to the front to chase. They were obviously confident for the finish. That wasn’t the plan, but if it came back I would of course try.
“I’d prefer to be getting more time on Tom [Dumoulin]. He was really chasing me all the way to the finish there. He looks better than the other day on the steep finishes there. I think he’s getting better as the race goes on, and that’s not good news for me.”
Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) – 2nd on stage, 2nd overall
“I wasn’t good enough for the win but I’m super satisfied. I tried to follow Yates but I couldn’t close the gap and stayed at the same distance, I can’t blame myself. I am feeling very good, this is my best result since Jerusalem and my best feeling so far. This coming weekend is going to be super hard and I will give my best to defend this position. It’s still a long way until Rome.”
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) – 9th on stage, 7th overall
Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) – Maglia Ciclamino
Richard Carapaz (Movistar) – Best young rider
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