Michal Kwiatkowski rode his way into the race lead at Tirreno-Adriatico following a strong third place on stage five.
He said: "In our plan we started out with four riders to protect. The plan was always to protect G and Froomey, and to keep Kwiato and Gianni in contention. We knew with four top guys sometimes you can use these cards and readdress the situation.
"It's not something you want to do but yesterday that's what happened. G was super strong but he had a mechanical issue. It's put him just out of the fight for victory. But Kwiato is not here by luck, he's here because he's strong and this morning he was second on GC, one second behind Caruso.
"The plan was for him to just follow the main GC teams. We wanted to support Kwiato to see if he could take some bonifications. We know he's fast and he knows how to handle his bike on a tricky circuit like this. When it's raining it's good for him too. We know every second will count ahead of the time trial.
"G did a good job too and he tried to follow the move of Yates. That was also a plan so Kwiato didn't need to ride. Froomey did a good job until he had his puncture. Everyone did well today - because yesterday was a hard stage for us. Today is a good a good payback for the guys."
Stage five result: