Madison Genesis rode through the rain, with Connor Swift placing in the top-20 on a soaking opening stage of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire.
With the team focussed on overall ambitions and the break hotly contested, the team sheltered on what was a mentally demanding 182.5km from Doncaster to Selby.
Heavy rains left large areas of standing water on course and riders had to remain alert to make it through unscathed – something highlighted by punctures and tough chases back into the peloton for some at the back-end of the stage.
Connor Swift jostled for position in the final five kilometres, but opted for safety on a narrow and wet run to the line.
The British champion notched up 17th on the day, with GC contenders Matt Holmes and Ian Bibby both losing no time on a day which presented a variety of potential pitfalls.
The Tour de Yorkshire continues with stage two, covering 132km from Barnsley to Bedale.