Despite missing out on all three targets on the penultimate stage, Igor González de Galdeano was a satisfied man on Saturday afternoon.
Euskaltel's hopes of a stage win, a climber's jersey and a top ten overall went out the window, despite Igor Antón looking solid in the break of the day and Mikel Nieve climbing to 13th on the stage and 12th overall.
That means Euskaltel will finish the Tour without a stage to their name and without a man in the revered top ten.
"Generally it's been good", he told the team's official website. "The team's been at a high level, and we've showed we deserve to be in this race. We would have liked to win a stage, but it wasn't to be. A stage win was our goal and we went all out for it, but it wasn't possible. But that shouldn't distract from our performance and attitude.
"We have to be proud of our performance".
As for the team's future, Galdeano was tightlipped.
"Everyone's done a great job. They've been as professional as ever and really focused on the race at hand. They've kept calm and behaved as normal, despite this less than comfortable situation".
- (1, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), 3:39:04)
- 13, Mikel Nieve, 3:24
- 30, Igor Antón, 6:42
- 36, Juan José Oroz, 8:39
- 64, Rubén Pérez, 16:47
- 65, Mikel Astarloza, s.t.
- 67, Romain Sicard, 16:49
- 79, Ion Izagirre, 18:26
- 167, Juan José Lobato, 26:59