Matt Holmes sprinted to second on stage two, and second overall at the 2019 Tour of the Reservoir, following another day of attacking racing.
Madison Genesis were at the forefront of the race from the start, with the entire team splitting the peloton in the opening 20km.
Erick Rowsell, Tom Moses, Johnny McEvoy and Holmes forced an early split that set the tone for a ferocious afternoon.
When the race did come back together over the top of the Blanchland climb, it was already a reduced bunch.
A persistent trio of riders went it alone for a short space of time, but their lead was always limited and by the time the race returned to the main climb, it was carnage again.
As the race passed the halfway mark there were just 40 riders in the peloton and as the finish approached that was whittled down again.
With 60km to go a soft move was allowed a small lead, but it was only ever going to serve as a setup for the main event.
The attacking resumed – if it had ever stopped – with 30km to the finish and it was Matt Holmes that made the split.
First it was five riders, but with five kilometres remaining that number doubled on the fast descent into Consett.
Attacks continued as the strongest in the group attempted to rid themselves of any passengers, before an uphill sprint to the line.
Holmes was denied victory by the smallest of margins, but second was his best domestic result since second at the Ryedale GP two years ago.
Holmes and the rest of the Madison Genesis team now turn their attention to the British road race championships taking place in Norfolk on June 27 (time trial) and 30 (road race).