After the stage Landa talked us through his attack, explaining: “I’m feeling good and I tried to make a small gap, but the peloton caught me.
“I decided in the moment to attack. Our main goal today was to not lose any time, but I saw an opportunity and I tried something.
“Tomorrow we’ll see. It should be a good stage for me and I think I need to try and make some time.”
Thomas was another rider to have an eye on Sunday’s finish at Blockhaus, but admitted the stage was harder than any of the GC riders ideally wanted.
“We knew it was going to be a twisty, up and down, hard day,” he told TeamSky.com. “The way the race played out with Conti up there meant Quick-Step wanted to defend the jersey. So they were chasing hard for that. It was full-on all day really, and certainly for the last 50km.
“It was tense and stressful, having to always concentrate and fight for position. The last few climbs were pretty tough so it was far from an easy day.
“Everyone knew the break had a really good chance of staying away today so everyone wanted to be in it. Hence it took so long to go. A few teams kept chasing and it was always within touching distance. I think a lot of the guys, myself included were just hoping to take it as easy as possible.”