Jack Pullar had to settle for seventh place at the Tour of the Reservoir.
The 28-year-old, from Lancashire, was poised just seven seconds adrift of JLT Condor’s race leader Ian Bibby after stage one.
But despite the team’s best efforts, Pullar could not force a gap on the second day as Bibby’s team-mate Tom Moses clinched the crown.
Pullar finished seventh overall at 42sec, while his Kiwi team-mate Ryan Christensen was 1min 42sec down in 11th spot.
Bibby won the opening stage on Saturday, emerging from a 14-man breakaway to beat Connor Swift, of Madison Genesis, to the line.
Ethan Hayter (100% ME) completed the podium places, with Pullar seventh and Christensen 13th (at 18sec).
While the peloton had fragmented, Max Stedman, Andrew Tennant, Dexter Gardias, Alex Paton and Matt Nowell all rolled over the line inside 3.05 of the race lead.
So there was all to play for on Sunday’s second stage, when Paton rode hard in the break. But JLT policed the lead well to protect their jersey.
Moses leapfrogged Bibby to glory in the finale after escaping from the select front group, which again included Pullar.
Hayden McCormick, of ONE Pro, was second and Alex Richardson third with Pullar 38sec adrift in 10th place.
Christensen was 23rd at 1.27, with Stedman 33sec further back. But alas there was no fairytale win for the team on the banks of the Derwent Reservoir.
Click here for the full result from the Tour of the Reservoir. The second round of the British Cycling Grand Prix Series is the Bristol Grand Prix on Sunday, July 8.