Max Stedman battled the elements to clinch a superb second position in the Ryedale Grand Prix on Sunday.
Outnumbered in the day’s break and battered by wind and driving rain throughout, the Canyon Eisberg climber crossed the line behind the victorious Graham Briggs.
National champion Connor Swift was third as he franked his individual triumph in British Cycling’s Grand Prix Series.
The day’s breakaway formed within 30 minutes of the flag drop as wind and rain battered the peloton in North Yorkshire.
Stedman was Canyon Eisberg’s sole representative in the 11-man escape group, which featured George Pym and Rich Handley, from Grand Prix Series leaders Madison Genesis.
JLT Condor had Ed Bradbury and Graham Briggs in the mix, while Jacob Scott was involved for ONE Pro Cycling.
Meanwhile, Tom Pidcock and Joey Walker ensured Team Wiggins had a strong hand as the lead quickly stretched to more than three minutes.
Fellow Wiggins rider Ollie Wood attacked with Lawrence Carpenter (Team Ribble) and Peter Kibble (Wales Cycling Academy) in an attempt to bridge across.
But they were swept up on the last of the large circuits as Canyon Eisberg set about driving the peloton’s charge.
With Stedman outnumbered in the front group – still three minutes clear, the onus was on Tim Elverson’s men to bring it back.
As the race tore inside the final four laps of the finishing circuit, the breakaway’s advantage had been cut to little more than one minute.
And that prompted a small group to jump clear in a bid to make the junction. Two made it, with national champion Swift close behind.
Stedman led the escapees over the finish line with two laps remaining as the front group appeared to fracture but with one lap remaining the leading dozen were all together.
Finally the resolve of the leaders was broken – with three groups forming in the closing kilometres of the battle and, despite a magnificent effort, Stedman came up just short of a maiden elite road series success.
Elsewhere, Harry Tanfield finished 34th as Canyon Eisberg completed another European double-header in the UCI 1.2 Ronde van Midden Nederland.
His brother, Charlie Tanfield, was 62nd as the pair finished inside the main group, 34 seconds behind victorious Dane Casper Folsach, of ColoQuick.
The previous day Rory Townsend sprinted to 19th in the 1.1 Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde Meulebeke in Belgium.
Wouter Wippert claimed victory in the bunch kick, with Harry Tanfield following his team-mate over the line in 23rd position.