David Millar was left frustrated as his hopes of another day in yellow at the Tour de France were ended by the finest of margins.
The 36-year-old's Garmin-Sharp squad could only manage sixth in stage four's team time trial in Nice, with Orica-GreenEDGE claiming victory in 25 minutes and 56 seconds.
Millar, who wore yellow on his Tour debut in 2000 but never since, admitted his best chance of again donning the maillot jaune had already passed on stage two, when only a matter of millimetres kept him from taking the Tour leader's jersey.
Had the wheel of Peter Sagan, who finished second in Ajaccio, been a few millimetres closer to that of stage winner Jan Bakelants, the peloton would have been awarded the same time as the Belgian - and Millar, who finished in the opening stage, would have taken the jersey.
"It was such a big thing and I was so close on Sunday, it was unavoidable that I should be thinking of yellow," he said. "I'm very disappointed. It would have bookended my career perfectly - but that would perhaps have been a bit too perfect. Life's not fair!"
Despite his disappointment, Millar had no complaints about Tuesday's result.
"The ride went fantastic," he said. "I was the one who let the team down a bit. I wasn't on a good day. But the team was incredible. It was disappointing but we can't beat ourselves up.
"We know we are one of the strongest teams but everyone at the Tour de France is incredibly strong. It's disappointing but that's racing.
"We came for a lot of different objectives, this was one of them. But there is still two weeks of racing to go."