Chris Froome (Team Sky) - stage winner
It is a really, really special feeling winning on top of this climb. Such an amazing feeling. It's such a monumental climb for the Giro d'Italia, such a monumental climb for the race in general. It's such a good feeling, especially after a hard start to the race for me and the team. The team has supported me so well in these last two weeks, so to get the victory today really means a lot.
(Why attack with 4km to go?) I felt like that was the moment where the race was really on the limit. I felt that was the moment for me to go. I'd obviously done the recon here and knew the last few kilometres. The team had done a great job pulling me to that moment, Wout had done a really big effort and made it really hard up until that point. Even right to the line, Simon was just behind me. I kept hearing five seconds, ten seconds, five seconds. I didn't know if he was going to catch me or not. It was such a relief to get into that last 100m and to hear I was going to win the stage. (Eurosport)
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) - race leader
I tried to go for the stage. I was chasing him all the way to the line. I just didn't have the final bit to get him.
I was happy with my ride. I'm a little tired now, but it's all good.
David de la Cruz (Team Sky)
It was good teamwork throughout the whole day. Wout did some great work for Chris on the climb to pull him up halfway. We've executed our game plan to perfection. It was a really important stage and it's important for the team to get the stage win.
Sergio Henao (Team Sky)
(Still going for the overall win) We have to think that if someone can do it, it's Chris. He's already won the Tour de France four times and one time the Vuelta a España. If there is someone who can make it, I have a feeling it's him.
Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)
The intention of the team was to win the stage, this was the first high mountain stage. We were very motivated and did our best. We missed it by a few, but this is one step forward in the Giro and a good day for us.
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