Ben O'Connor: "I was confident"
"The conditions were tough, with rain and cold, but they are the same for everyone. I like this type of mountain stage and I was really confident all day. The team did a good job with me. In the final, I gave it my all to catch the lead, but it wasn't enough. Before the line, I just heard the announcer talking about a crash but I didn't realize right away that Thomas had fallen. I am third overall but the gaps are small before the time trial. I will do everything I can to keep my place."
On the eve of the last stage, a 16.19 km time trial around Freiburg, Ben O'Connor is third in the overall classification, 21'' behind Michael Woods.