Connor Swift put himself into the right place at the Tro-Bro Leon but it wasn’t his day and he battled to finish 31st, just behind the race-winning group.
Having protected himself well in the early stages of the race, Swift attacked from the rapidly thinning peloton with 50km remaining of the 205km distance.
Quickly bridging to the leading break, Swift could ride at the front of the race and pick his line through the dust clouds on the gravel roads of north-west France.
With 30km remaining, rivals started making their move, advancing from the peloton to Swift’s lead group.
The race changing moment came as 2017 race winner, and 2018 runner-up Damien Gaudin bridged to Swift’s group.
Gaudin and one other went clear, distancing Swift and another rider.
Behind, the peloton split into several groups and as Swift slipped back into the clutches of the bunch, two groups of six riders went clear by 30-seconds.
These two groups would join together in the final five kilometres and sprint for the win.
Swift was in the elite group of 20 riders that had been a part of the showdown on the gravel sectors and finished 31st, 55-seconds down on the winner.
The race will now serve as ideal preparation for Sunday’s Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic, that features similar terrain.