Matt Holmes sprinted into the top-20 of the Tour of Britain on the third stage of the race.
As the peloton became fragmented on a very fast run-in to Newcastle, Holmes was alert to the danger and positioned himself well.
A slightly uphill sprint to the finish resulted in some small time gaps and these were enough for Holmes to gain an advantage, placing him as the best of all riders from the domestic teams.
Now 19th on general classification, the Isle of Man International winner sits with 14 riders just 17-seconds down on race leader Matteo Trentin.
Having started the day on the same time as Holmes, a crash for Mike Cuming in the final 10km ended his chances of contesting the overall standings. He will continue in the race, despite the bumps and bruises sustained.
With stage four full of climbing, Holmes is set for his best opportunity yet to show the same climbing abilities that have seen him place top-10 twice at the Tour de Yorkshire.