"Today I felt better than on La Molina. It has been a great day. The team worked hard all stage, keeping me at the front as they have since Monday.

"We had Erviti in the break. We were hoping that he would lend a hand later on, but, in the end, he was going backwards and I had to go on the attack. I saw my opportunity and took full advantage of it.

"I had the condition to launch a big attack and make up the gap that opened in the final kilometre yesterday, and some besides. I have been taking care of myself since returning home from San Luis, and I have worked hard in order to be able to start the European season in good shape. This is my reward."