Tom Moses and Matt Holmes finished third and fourth on the opening day of the Tour of the Reservoir, placing themselves well for the crucial second stage.
The duo sprinted to their positions from a reduced group of 26-riders.
The stage defining move developed when the strongest in the pelton were forced to chase a breakaway which had been allowed a massive lead.
A group of 10-riders, including Erick Rowsell formed in the opening 10km and with 50km of the 127km race distance complete, had gained over six minutes.
With a strong headwind on the moorland climb and a large gap to the leaders, the strongest in the peloton had to be aggressive to close the gap.
With the pressure on at the front and the crosswinds picking up, at one point there were six groups on the road.
As Rowsell applied pressure in the lead pack he prevented any regrouping and it was only with 30km to go that the foremost group of 16 chasing riders would make the junction.
No further riders would make it back to the front of the race and from the lead group of 26, Rowsell, Moses and Holmes would all have their chance to race for a position.
More importantly, they all retained a chance to enter the second day on the leading time.
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