Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) - first place
“Yeah really it’s amazing, I’m so happy to finally win a stage in the Tour de France, I just can’t believe it you know, it’s finally what I’ve worked so hard for the last few years. I’ve been close a few times and this year I really wanted to go for a stage, that was a big goal for me, and yesterday I knew this was a chance.
"In the beginning of the stage … it was close because it was a strong breakaway with 10 guys and a lot of teams wanted to block the road so we couldn’t pass, and yeah the break it took like one-and-a-half minutes … and my team-mates finally got to the front - [Michael] Gogl and Koen de Kort, we kept the speed in the peloton and on the first climb I just went full gas.
"I was pulling the whole climb already, trying to bridge to the first guys. Finally we made it with 25 guys, and I was there in the breakaway which was the first goal, and finally I felt good and I gave it a try in the last 30kilometres and I think I never did so long ride riding alone, but in the end it was close. It’s amazing. The Tour has always been the most important race for me, it’s always been my dream performing here, so I’m incredibly happy."
Chris Froome (Team Sky) - yellow jersey
“Never a dull moment in this year’s Tour, that’s for sure. Just coming into the main climb of the day I had a bit of a mechanical problem, I had to change the back wheel, and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time really. It was all hands on deck.
“My team-mates were fantastic again. Kwiato stopped to give me his wheel and the rest of the guys sat up, helped me as much as they could on the climb, and then Mikel Landa just dropped out of the front group to pace me back in over the top of the climb there. I’m hugely grateful that they did all that and managed to keep me in the front group.
“The whole team has been great. Christian Knees and Luke Rowe, from the very beginning, they did the lion share of today’s stage on the front, just controlling things.”
"Dan Martin made a good move to get off the front there and get a few seconds back on some of the guys but all in all I’m just happy to have got through today without any major losses and I think everyone will be looking forward to tomorrow’s rest day.
“I’ll pass out tonight - I’m knackered!” Quotes courtesy TeamSky.com
[Second Froome interview]
"It [the mechanical] was a stressful moment. I wasn’t sure if I’d get back on again.
"AG2R rode their race and rode fast. Just before the climb I had a problem with my back wheel, it was damaged. [Michal] Kwiatkowski gave me his wheel because the team car was stuck behind. I gave it my maximum to get back up to the leaders.
"I’ve got to thank my team-mates yet again for helping me. Sergio Henao and Mikel Nieve gave their maximum. [Mikel] Landa too. He helped me a lot on the climb."
"It's up to my rivals to attack me. They have to gain time before time trial. For now I’m just happy to have the jersey and to have a rest day tomorrow."