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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