Orica-GreenEdge’s Australian rider Michael Matthews celebrates his stage  victory at theTour of Spain, a 174.3km stage between Sober and Lago de Sanabria. Photograph:  Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images.

Run-ins are tough so my big objective is to stay safe and keep out of trouble

Katusha Team’s Daniel Moreno on his way to winning the fourth stage of the  Tour of Spain yesterday from  Lalin and Fisterra. Photograph: Miguel   Riopa/AFP/Getty Images

Although I felt pretty rough all day I was never in any danger of getting dropped

Obviously my cousin Nicolas Roche and I aren’t team-mates like when we were in the London Olympics together, but we still may be able to help each other out. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Things could get interesting in the weeks ahead with my cousin looking like a real contender

Nicolas Roche celebrates winning the second stage of the Tour of Spain. Photograph:  Miguel Vidal/Reuters

Goal now is to get through today’s stage without losing any time

Dan Martin  crosses the finish line ahead of Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark, rear, to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France. from  Saint-Girons to n Bagneres-de-Bigorre in the  Pyrenees. Photo: Laurent Rebours/AP)

My stage win was an obvious highlight but racing in Corsica and Nice too will linger long in the memory as will the support of th(...)

Spectators shelter from rain as a group of riders pass  during the 204.5 km 19th stage of the centenary Tour de France  from Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand, in the French Alps. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Illness makes the mountains a struggle and the apocalyptic weather didn’t help

AG2r La Mondiale team rider Christophe Riblon of France on l’Alpe d’Huez yesterday on his way to winning Stage 18 of the Tour de France. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

‘It is just an unfortunate set of circumstances. I picked the worst day in the Tour to get sick.’

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Rabo Pro 12

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Leinster 19 14 1 4 455 312 11 69
Ulster 19 14 0 5 462 253 9 65
Munster 19 14 0 5 434 285 7 63
Glasgow 18 14 0 4 328 250 4 60
Ospreys 19 11 1 7 479 328 10 56
Scarlets 19 9 1 9 361 383 7 45
Edinburgh 18 7 0 11 325 391 7 35
Connacht 19 6 0 13 359 364 10 34
Cardiff 19 6 1 12 371 483 7 33
Dragons 19 6 1 12 339 419 5 31
Treviso 19 5 1 13 334 471 7 29
Zebre 19 3 2 14 291 465 5 21

Pool One

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Leinster 6 5 0 1 152 67 2 22
Northampton 6 4 0 2 107 104 1 17
Castres 6 2 0 4 78 104 1 9
Ospreys 6 1 0 5 75 138 1 5

Pool Two

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Toulon 6 5 0 1 170 104 4 24
Cardiff 6 3 0 3 119 148 2 14
Exeter 6 2 0 4 118 123 4 12
Glasgow 6 2 0 4 98 130 3 11

Pool Three

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Toulouse 6 5 0 1 143 63 3 23
Saracens 6 4 0 2 217 74 4 20
Connacht 6 3 0 3 101 147 1 13
Zebre 6 0 0 6 33 210 0 0

Pool Four

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Clermont 6 5 0 1 139 69 4 24
Harlequins 6 3 0 3 126 103 4 16
Scarlets 6 2 1 3 122 150 1 11
Racing Metro 6 1 1 4 66 131 1 7

Pool Five

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Ulster 6 6 0 0 179 62 2 26
Leicester 6 4 0 2 159 112 5 21
Montpellier 6 2 0 4 121 124 3 11
Treviso 6 0 0 6 41 202 0 0

Pool Six

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Munster 6 5 0 1 161 77 3 23
Gloucester 6 3 0 3 113 114 2 14
Edinburgh 6 3 0 3 104 141 0 12
Perpignan 6 1 0 5 112 158 3 7