Andreas Mikkelsen says it is "very bitter" that his "slight mistake" in the final test of Rally Sweden cost him the victory.

Mikkelsen looked on course to beat team-mate Sebastian Ogier and Hyundai's Thierry Neuville until 5.37 km from the end of the Power Stage when touched a snow bank and spun his Polo R WRC.

He lost around 40 seconds as a result, dropping him to third, 33.4s off Neuville and 39.8s off Ogier.

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"We did our utmost right up until the final metre - but unfortunately lost out in the end," Mikkelsen lamented.

"I never dreamed that I might one day be disappointed with a podium finish. After all, I have not won all that much yet in my career. However, I had the chance to clinch my maiden WRC victory and came very close to doing so.

"But I made a slight mistake, spun, and missed out on this opportunity. That is very bitter and very disappointing at the moment."

Asked to explain precisely what went wrong in SS19, he replied: "In a left hand corner I got in a little too fast and the rear caught the corner and made us spin.

"Luckily there were spectators there to help us but of course I feel unlucky not being able to win."

Mikkelsen did, however, take some comfort from his fine performance over the event, which saw him lead for most of Saturday and Sunday.

"I [do] look at this weekend as a positive one. We had a gap but made a mistake. We tried to fight hard, as Thierry and Sebastien were really fast. We decided to go maximum on the last stage, we knew we had to do it to win. We can be proud of what we have achieved over the course of the week and I am certain that it is only a matter of time until I get my first win," added the VW Motorsport II pilot.

"Having said that, I would have loved to have come out on top in this thrilling three-way battle.

"We will now do our very best to put ourselves back in contention again in Mexico. Hopefully we will get some more luck next time." he concluded.