Team Sky were able to keep their powder dry in the bunch on stage 18 at the Vuelta a Espana on a day for the sprinters.
He said: "At the start of the stage we expected to have a bit more action with potential crosswinds. But in the end it was quite straightforward with three riders going away early. The bunch used the day for a bit of recovery, but with so many exposed areas it wasn't always super easy for the peloton. But you could see a lot of people used the day for recovery ahead of the last two summit finishes."