Harry Tanfield‘s reign in the Tour de Yorkshire points jersey ended as Max Walscheid sprinted to glory on stage three in Scarborough.
However, the 23-year-old from Great Ayton will wear green again on Sunday – on loan from race leader Magnus Cort Nielsen.
Team Sunweb’s Walscheid beat the Astana man in a thrilling seafront finish on Saturday afternoon.
Second place was enough for Cort Nielsen (27 points) to leapfrog Tanfield (21) in the sprints classification but the Canyon Eisberg man remains second in the standings.
James Lowsley-Williams produced a gritty ride to finish 22nd on the stage and is now 1min 23sec down on general classification.
However, Max Stedman was earlier distanced after an untimely mechanical, scuppering his own overall ambitions.
The day’s breakaway formed relatively quickly on the exit of Richmond, with ONE Pro Cycling’s Pete Williams and Mathias Le Turnier, of Cofidis, the driving force.
Robbert de Greef, of Roompot, Vitus Pro Cycling’s Adam Kenway and Johnny McEvoy, of Madison Genesis, bridged across to create a five-man group.
Dutchman de Greef won the sprints in Morton-on-Swale and Pickering, while Williams crested the Cote de Sutton Bank in front.
He attempted to add maximum mountains points on the day’s second categorised climb, the Cote de Silpho, only for McEvoy to snatch them from his grasp.
Meanwhile, just 30 seconds behind, BMC were putting the hammer down and splitting the peloton into two distinct groups.
Tanfield and Lowsley-Williams were safe in the front half of the split but a mechanical for Stedman at the foot of the climb left him with no chance.
Dexter Gardias and Andrew Tennant dropped back to help but by the time the trio began their chase, the damage had been done.
After the five escapees were swept up with little more than 30km to go, a new group hit out on a kicker out of Filey.
BMC’s Brent Bookwalter and Leonardo Basso, of Team Sky, were among the quintet who worked hard to build a slim lead.
But with 10km to go they were reeled in and a sizeable bunch raced into Scarborough.
Sylvain Chavanel, riding for Direct Energie, hit out with 5km to go, lighting the blue touchpaper for a thrilling seafront finale.
He was swept up inside the final kilometre before Walscheid outgunned Cort Nielsen in the sprint finish.
Stedman & Co crossed the line more than eight minutes later – a heartbreaking result for the 22-year-old who had genuine general classification hopes ahead of Sunday’s Queen stage.
His 18th position on Friday’s summit finish on the Cote de Cow & Calf had put him 16th overall.