Despite winning the team's classification, Australian Michael Rogers was disappointed that he did not finish in the Tour de France top ten.
Saxo-Tinkoff leader Alberto Contador had looked set to earn a podium position after challenging Chris Froome throughout the Tour, but the Spaniard faded in the final three stages.
Contador eventually finished fourth, 6min 27sec behind Froome. Team-mate Roman Kreuziger finished fifth, 7min 27sec back.
When Contador began to struggle the team made the decision to chase the team's classification instead to ensure there would be a trip to the podium in Paris.
"I'm very happy, but unfortunately I had to play a bit of the team role. I wasn't able to stay in the top 10. I really think I could have stayed in the top 10, but I had to chase the team's GC," Rogers told Cycling Central in Paris.
"But that's the way the it is, that's the sport we play. The orders come from the top and you have to abide by them. But I'm certainly happy with the Tour."
Despite losing his top 10 position, Rogers was still the best placed Australian overall, finishing 16th on GC, 26min 51sec behind Froome.