Andrey Amador (Movistar) was the big mover of the day, climbing up the leader board from eighth overall to third. He sits 3min 36sec behind Contador heading into Stage 15.

I knew I could do well over this course and we achieved a great result. The riders starting at the end of the TT like me were a bit influenced by the headwinds in the beginning - though it stopped raining for us, winds were stronger than for those starting earlier and the gaps were considerably bigger in the first section, but I don't think it favoured anyone into the 'GC group' compared to the other contenders.

It's already important for me to have made it to third place. There are some really hard days ahead for us, with plenty of mountains, which are the thing I fear the most from the route. Still, I'm excited to head into them - I want to fight for this.

We must ride on a day-by-day basis, even more with this squad, which always find a man in real good form to fight for the wins. We're a courageous group, we came here with a goal to claim stage victories and make the fans enjoy, and I think we're doing that.