Harry Tanfield and Rory Townsend capped a week in Belgium with an impressive display in the GP Dr Eugeen Roggeman in Stekene.
On the back of their Tour of Britain debuts, the duo headed to the continent for a pro kermesse hat-trick.
And despite some struggles in the opening two contests, they underlined their class in the final race with Tanfield taking fourth and Townsend fifth.
The former had escaped with three companions in the final 20km of the 169.5km kermesse on Thursday.
And he admitted his frustration as Tom van Asbroeck, of Cannondale Drapac, celebrated victory. Tanfield said:
“I definitely should have hit out in the last 3km. The run-in was fast and I should have attacked.
“If it didn’t work, I could have led out the sprint but I did none of that. We ended up rolling along at 20kph in the last 1km and nearly got caught.
“Then I did my 10-22sec peak power for 2017 in the sprint and still got absolutely dispatched!”
Townsend had been involved in a break of 11 which got away on the third of 15 11.5km laps around the East Flanders province of Stekene.
Tanfield bridged across solo before the BIKE Channel Canyon duo set about sweeping up the primes every two laps.
With two laps remaining, Tanfield chased Stijn de Bock out of a corner at full gas before hitting the front in an attempt to distance the rest of the break.
“It was flat stick. I did a big turn for a gap but he wouldn’t pull. Van Asbroeck then rode over solo.”
Rune Herregodts, of Illi-Bikes, followed van Asbroeck soon after and the quartet quickly put around 90 seconds into the rest of the group.
As Tanfield rued his decision not to hit his rivals again, the cat and mouse began before van Asbroeck outgunned de Bock and Herregodts to take the win.
Townsend, meanwhile, did attack the rest of his group, which included BMC’s Floris Gerts, and finished 12 seconds behind the winner.
Sam Lowe and Alex Richardson also took to the start line for the GP Dr Eugeen Roggeman but neither finished.
Richardson had finished 14th in the GP Paul Borremans in Geraardsbergen on Monday. His group was led home by van Asbroeck, 3min 8sec adrift of winner Dries de Bondt, of Veranda’s Willems-Crelan.
Tanfield, Townsend and Lowe did not finish. Although, the former later admitted it was an important outing to get the legs going.
The quartet then moved on to the Textielprijs Vichte on Tuesday, where Quick-Step Floors star Iljo Keisse beat Nikolas Maes, of Lotto Soudal, to glory. Tanfield added:
“Rory and I made the winning break but I got spat because my legs hurt so much!
“Rory then suffered with a bad back, so that one was a real shame. It just meant Thursday was our last chance to get anything.”
Richardson finished 35th, with Lowe 56th. BIKE Channel Canyon will race the two-day Tour of Almaty in Kazakhstan, which begins on September 30, and Hong Kong Cyclothon Challenge before the season closes.