Matt Holmes produced a red hot performance to take the sprint jersey on day four of the Tour of Britain, after a dominant performance in the breakaway.
Holmes’ performance saw him win every sprint and king of the mountains point on the 183.5km stage – and his reward was duly delivered.
He began his raid by getting into the break after four kilometres and was one of the most active in driving move clear, up to a maximum of two minutes.
What followed was a barrage of point-hunting, collecting everything that came along the way.
The result is the lead in the intermediate sprint competition and third place in the KOM standings.
The stability of the break led to the first calm day of the peloton, with a flatter run in resulting in a predictable sprint finish.
With the legs suitably rested, stage five will hold all to account as the race progresses to the Lake District for the mountain team time trial.
Holmes’ points chasing will wait for one more day, with regular racing resuming on stage six.