Madison Genesis produced an attacking display on an explosive second stage of the 2018 Tour of Britain, with Connor Swift and Matt Holmes placing in the second group.
Swift and Holmes came over the line 39-seconds down on the leading group of 11-riders, having employed significantly different tactics in the final 25-kilometres of the race.
The final categorised climb of Challacombe proved decisive on an otherwise predictable day of racing.
Holmes struck out alongside Hugh Carthy, while Erick Rowsell was relinquishing his place from the day-long breakaway and by the summit of the climb the race order was decided.
Rowsell slipped back into the third group alongside Rich Handley, as Holmes dug deep to stay with the second group, his attack coming to a close.
Swift consolidated his position, riding at the head of what remained of the peloton to join Holmes in the second group.
Around 40-seconds up the road, the stage was being decided as the race order took shape, ahead of what is expected to be a more predictable two days of racing before Thursday’s team time trial.