He said: “It was a great experience to even make the Tour team and then of course to win it with Froomey. I would say as a team we did a great job there - he might not have won it without us this year.
“And the start was in Germany, which makes it even more special to me. It’s great to be a part of a winning team. I feel like I won it myself, a little bit, especially because this year we won the team GC as well. Standing on that podium on the Champs Elysees was a great moment.
“The start in Dusseldorf was great. I don’t know how much of a boost it gave Germany as a cycling country but that’s only because I don’t actually think we need one.
“I hope some companies will have seen the rich potential cycling has in Germany, because there were 1.5million people out on the side of the roads in bad weather for the Grand Depart. You could see how much people liked cycling. That was great to see and really great to be a part of that on the road.”