South African time trial champion Daryl Impey had a well fought battle on the final stage of Volta a Catalunya to finish in fifth place.
Stephens praised ORICA-GreenEDGE's efforts throughout the week-long race and although the team didn't come away with a victory it was a fight to the very end.
"We are walking away from the Tour of Catalunya with a bitter sweet feeling," Stephens said. "Although we know the boys are going really good and we know they have tried really hard, we are walking away with empty hands."
|1||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||30:50:19|
|2||Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff Team||0:00:07|
|3||Daniel Martin (IRL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:17|
|4||Richie Porte (AUS) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:17|
|5||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:27|
|6||Romain Bardet (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:31|
|7||Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) - Team Katusha||0:00:42|
|8||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||0:00:46|
|9||Hugh Carthy (GBR) - Caja Rural-Seguros RGA||0:01:01|
|10||Rigoberto Uran (COL) - Cannondale Pro Cycling||0:01:16|
|48||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:20:09|
|57||Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:28:57|
|61||Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:32:15|
|84||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:48:18|
|88||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:50:49|
|91||Amets Txurruka (SPA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:52:24|