Harry Tanfield sprinted to 10th place after crashes marred the early stages of the Ronde van Overijssel in Rijssen.
Sam Lowe also avoided the spills and delivered a superb performance to cross the line in 17th in the UCI 1.2 contest in Holland.
However, the BIKE Channel Canyon squad lacked numbers in the finale as a small group of around 30 riders scrapped it out for glory.
Early crashes caused major splits in the peloton and put Tim Elverson’s British team firmly on the back foot. One curtailed Rob Partridge‘s race, with the Welshman later diagnosed with a broken collarbone and three cracked ribs.
Of the remaining seven riders, Tanfield steered clear of trouble to take his place in a front group of 19. Behind them came a second group, including Lowe and Jake Womersley.
Chris Opie, Matt Nowell, Alex Richardson and Dexter Gardias were then left in a large peloton, which had little hope of closing the gap as the 202km race reached its halfway point.
When Tanfield’s break was brought back on the finishing circuit in Rijssen, a bunch kick was inevitable and in the end Danish sprinter Nicolai Brochner claimed victory for Riwal Platform.
Second spot went to Bert van Lerberghe of Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise, with Tanfield confirmed in 10th position. Assistant sports director Simon Holt praised the Great Ayton man after a tough day.
“The race had a typical Dutch style. It started fast with quite strong wind making it nervous and early on we got caught behind a lot of crashes.
“Rob came down heavy and had to retire, while Dexter, Matt and Alex got caught out of position because of those crashes.
“Harry got himself into a 19-man move but behind him the peloton had split into two. Coming into the finishing circuits, his move came back.
“A few other moves gained 30 seconds or so but it all came down to a 30-man sprint for the win. Harry felt he hit out a bit early b