Connor Swift took fifth overall at the Tour of the Reservoir, following seventh place on a breathless second stage.
Johnny McEvoy was fifth on the day, after spending much of the race in a two-up breakaway move.
But on the final lap of the reservoir, the race entered a state of flux as the general classification contenders decided to battle it out and in turn closed the gap to the leaders.
This allowed eventual race and stage winner Tom Moses (JLT Condor) and two others to jump across to the leaders.
After spending a lot of energy earlier in the race, McEvoy ceded to fresher legs, while behind Swift was second in the sprint for the best of the rest.
How the race unfolded
With 15 riders holding a comfortable two minute lead over the peloton after the first day, racing on day two of the Tour of the Reservoir was split into two distinct factions – those contesting the general classification and those trying to snag a stage win.
Erick Rowsell made the first break of the day, which formed on the opening lap of the reservoir.
The six-rider group build a lead of over a minute, but were caught as the peloton moved from three laps of the reservoir, onto three laps of the challenging Blanchland circuit.
Featuring a six-kilometre ascent, the first crossing of the moorland re-shaped the race.
Johnny McEvoy forged clear with Tom Bayliss (One Pro Cycling) and together they held the head of the race, posing no threat to the overall result.
Behind, a fractured peloton contained all of the race favourites and when the 25-strong bunch returned to the reservoir, a showdown was the only option.
Madison Genesis had overnight GC contenders Isaac Mundy and Connor Swift, supported by George Pym, Mike Cuming and Rich Handley.
At the front of the race, McEvoy and Bayliss were joined by Alexandar Richardson – but this was only the first move.
On the final lap, Swift and seven other GC contenders showed their class and their intentions – to settle the race and contest stage honours.
However, what looked to turn into an 11-man showdown never materialised, as only two made it across.
Swift was in the second group on the road and seventh on the day secured fifth overall – his best stage race result.
Madison Genesis resume competition on 1 July, at the British road race championships.
Result: 2018 Tour of the Reservoir - general classification
|1. Tom Moses||JLT Condor||7:17.24|
|5. Connor Swift||Madison Genesis||+0.32|
|9. Isaac Mundy||Madison Genesis||+1.32|
|15. Johnny McEvoy||Madison Genesis||+3.05|
|23. Mike Cuming||Madison Genesis||+4.09|
|27. Rich Handley||Madison Genesis||+4.37|
|29. Erick Rowsell||Madison Genesis||+4.58|
|49. George Pym||Madison Genesis||+9.46|