Wilco Kelderman has mixed feelings about Team Sunweb's second and third place in the Giro d'Italia.
The Dutchman is proud of his podium place, but was also disappointed that his teammate Jai Hindley had missed out on the overall victory.
"I am very proud of my third place, but on the other hand we also lost the Giro on the final day", said Kelderman after the closing time trial.
"It's good that the two of us are on the podium, but it feels a bit strange."
The Amersfoort-born Amersfoorter lost his leading position in the general classification to Hindley on Saturday in the last mountain stage and had virtually no chance for the overall victory.
Hindley started the time trial to Milan in exactly the same time as Tao Geoghegan Hart, but was outdone by the Brit in the battle for the overall victory.
Despite this, Kelderman was also proud of his Australian teammate.
"I saw that he was nervous, but that's normal if you wear the pink jersey and can win the Giro. At least he has done everything he can and can also be very proud of second place."
Kelderman himself finished third in the final classification, which he finished on the podium for the first time in his career in a big round.
"In advance I would have been very happy with a podium place. If I look back on this next week, I will only be satisfied with the result. I am going to drink a lot of beer now."
Disappointment at Jai Hindley after missing out on the overall victory in the Giro. (Photo: ANP)
Disappointment at Jai Hindley after missing out on the overall victory in the Giro.
Hindley: 'Three weeks that I will never forget'
His podium place also led to mixed feelings at Hindley.
The 24-year-old Sunweb rider gave in 39 seconds to Geoghegan Hart in the time trial and therefore missed the final victory.
"I am obviously very disappointed to lose the pink jersey on the final day", he was disappointed.
"But when I look back on this later, I will be very proud. It is a huge step forward in my career and it is three weeks that I will never forget."
Hindley was also impressed by the way Sunweb has shown itself in the Giro.
"I think the whole team can be super proud of how we fought here," he concluded.
See also: View the final rankings of the Giro d'Italia