Matt Holmes and Mike Cuming made the decisive split on a fractious stage 2 of the 2019 Tour of Britain.
After an entirely regular start to proceedings, where a three-man breakaway went clear, things turned aggressive on the run-in to Kelso.
Two king of the mountains points in the closing 40km were the invitation for attacks galore.
Riders went clear over the first climb of Scott’s View, swelling the lead group to five riders. But the peloton were never far behind and with 30km remaining, the race was all back together.
The pace remained high over the final ascent of Dingleton, with many riders distanced – and a determined pace forced the gap to increase.
Ultimately over half of the starting 120-riders would finish the stage with a time deficit of over one minute.
Holmes and Cuming rode themselves into the right-side of the race, keeping their general classification hopes alive, while their teammates will hope for the peloton to hand a little more freedom for breakaway success.