Rob Partridge and Rory Townsend both grabbed top-10 finishes in the Rad am Ring Rudi Altig Race on the Nürburgring in Germany.
Huub Duijn clinched victory for Vérandas Willems-Crelan, whose powerful performance in the 140km UCI 1.1 battle saw them place three riders in the first four after a decisive attack.
Partridge, meanwhile, gapped the remnants of the chase group to finish 1min 2sec behind the winner, with Townsend sprinting home at the head of the bunch for ninth.
It took 45 minutes for the day’s first major break to go, with Jack Pullar involved as a group of eight eased their way clear on the Nordschleife (North Loop) of the Nürburgring.
Pullar was joined by Team Vorarlberg duo Sebastian Baldauf and Gian Friesecke, along with Antione Warnier of WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect.
The group, which had an advantage of around a minute after 50km, was completed by Nikolay Trusov, of Gazprom-Rusvelo, Team Lotto-Kern Haus rider Christopher Hatz, Philipp Mamos, from Team Dauner, and Team ColoQuick-CULT’s Torkil Veyhe.
And the breakaway held their 60-second lead past the halfway mark before the peloton, led by Vérandas Willems-Crelan, ramped up its efforts to chase them down.
Soon a select group of 35 had formed, including Townsend, Partridge and Dexter Gardias, and they swept up seven of the escapees, including Pullar.
Baldauf hit out in a bid to stay clear but the Vorarlberg man’s brave attempts came to nothing as the group headed for the GP-Strecke (Grand Prix course).
Vérandas Willems-Crelan, who had done much to chase down the break, then laid their cards on the table with a powerful attack.
They sent Duijn, two-time Tour of Flanders winner Stijn Devolder and double world cyclocross champion Wout van Aert up the road.
Dimitri Peyskens hitched a ride on the move for WB Veranclassic and the quartet quickly opened up a gap for 30 seconds on the second group.
The chasers had been trimmed to just 26 by now, with only Townsend and Partridge flying the flag for BIKE Channel Canyon after Gardias was distanced.
As the race entered its final couple of laps of the GP-Strecke, the winner looked certain to come from the front four as they extended their lead to more than a minute.
And so it proved, with Duijn finishing four seconds in front of van Aert, with Peyskens third and Devolder a further 26 seconds back.
Partridge, with a few others, managed to gap the chasers to finish seventh. Before Townsend took the sprint from the chase group for ninth.
Gardias finished 34th, 4min 11sec adrift. Click here for the full result.