Tobyn Horton finished sixth at the Stockton GP and with it, secured qualification for Madison Genesis to race in September’s Tour of Britain.
The race became consumed by the four teams fighting for their place in Britain’s longest stage race and Horton’s sprint to the line was good enough conclude a three-month, nine race ordeal.
The Stockton GP itself was decided in a bunch sprint after a shortened race.
A large crash in the peloton early on forced the event to be stopped as injured riders received treatment.
Fortunately no Madison Genesis riders were injured in the incident and when racing did resume, it did so over a lesser distance.
A series of attacks followed, with Matt Holmes and Taylor Gunman both going clear, but the peloton prevailed and closed the race down as the bunch entered the final lap.
Horton’s effort was good enough to take sixth on the day – but most importantly third in Tour of Britain qualification race.
That result – and those from the previous eight qualification events – meant that Madison Genesis placed second out of the four domestic teams who have earned the right to race at the eight-day tour in September.