The Team Sky rider and former Tour De France winner finished seventh on the stage which finished in Caerphilly and said to the Tour Of Britain website: “It was certainly the toughest finish, during the day wasn’t as hard as yesterday with less wind and a bit warmer.
“But once we hit the circuit it was definitely anyone who had the legs. We knew Dan Martin and Quintana were going to attack so we just used the team for as long as possible. The team again today took the strain and I didn’t have to hit the front once.”
“It’s a perfect day and tomorrow’s another tough one and I certainly wouldn’t underestimate it.”
“I didn’t expect to get second the other day so that was a great result for myself and to get first place today is unbelievable, I can’t believe it,” said the AN Post Chain Reaction rider.
“I knew coming here that I was going to be in the shop window and really wanted to show what I’m made of. I’ve been aiming for this for a few months now, trying to get consistency. I have consistency now at the minute and hopefully now there’s more to come.”