Michal Kwiatkowski timed a late attack to perfection to win stage five of Volta ao Algarve and seal the overall victory, with Geraint Thomas second on the podium.
The only way I was going to be able to look G in the eyes after the race was going to be if I won the stage and did everything perfectly.
Kwiatkowski added: “It was very difficult situation out there [in the break], there were so many guys close in the GC and they were putting us under pressure, trying to split the group.
He added: “I think it’s a little bit unexpected that I’m in such good shape as I didn’t expect that I could climb so well here and I didn’t spend time here beforehand to get used to the country.
“I won overall, I won this amazing stage on the Malhao, G finished second and I won the points jersey.
“Volta ao Algarve was always one of my favourite races to prepare yourself for the season and that’s how it was - good weather, good, hard racing and I think everyone enjoyed how Team Sky rode.