It was a successful day for Chris Froome, he did initially drop out of the front group after the initial acceleration from Ruben Fernandez on the front of the group of favourites.
"The climb can definitely catch you out if you start too fast," said Froome.
"It's easy to think that at only 1.8km you can get a bit carried away at the bottom and I think a few guys fell into that trap and paid for it in the final 500m. I was quite happy with how that went for me."
"I was trying to ride at my own pace. At the bottom I got gapped a bit from the leaders but kept pedalling away, trying to get back to the front. It's seven minutes long, but for a short climb... you know about it. It's similar to the Mur du Huy, but longer I guess."
"Staying out of trouble, choosing my moments, and hopefully ride into the race a little bit. Obviously the time trial at the end is going to be a key stage for me. That's a stage I'm focusing on. For now, I'm just trying to stay out of trouble."
After crushing his opposition in the two Tour de France time trials, Stage 19 will loom on the horizon for the other favourites who now that they'll need to put significant time into the British rider before the 'race of truth'.