Rory Townsend capped a wonderful Tour of Almaty with the king of the mountains crown.
Meanwhile, Max Stedman produced a stunning performance to finish 13th on the second stage of the UCI 2.1 race in Kazakhstan.
That was enough to earn the 21-year-old climber 14th position in the general classification as BIKE Channel Canyon once again showed their class in the face of World Tour opposition.
Critérium du Dauphiné champion Jakob Fuglsang won Sunday’s finale for Astana as his team-mate Alexey Lutsenko bagged the overall title.
The Kazakh, who followed up victory on stage one with second on stage two, was celebrating his fourth successive win in his home race.
There was no shortage of success to celebrate for BIKE Channel Canyon, though.
After Townsend had sprinted to eighth place on stage one, the scene was set for a general classification showdown on the summit finish at the Medeo Sports Complex.
But before that inevitable tear-up on the 160.5km second stage, Townsend and Alex Richardson escaped in the day’s breakaway.
BIKE Channel Canyon have missed very few opportunities to get up the road in big races this season and the team showed their focus once again as the peloton rolled out of Almaty.
Townsend then got down to business, with three king of the mountains sprints on offer before the summit finish.
The Surrey rider, who was crowned British Cycling HSBC Spring Cup champion earlier this season, was second to Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy, of Vino Astana Motors, on the first.
But he then outgunned the former World Tour rider in the next two in quick succession to take an unassailable lead in the classification.
The break was swept up ahead of the final decisive ascent of the day but it mattered little with the purple and blue jersey destined for the shoulders of Townsend.
Stedman then came to the fore. Having been superbly protected by his team-mates, the University of Exeter student once again showed his quality against world class climbers, much like he did in the Tour de Yorkshire.
The Crowthorne talent crossed the line just 1min 31sec behind Fuglsang, a veteran of 11 Grand Tours and seventh overall in the Tour de France (2013).
In the general classification, Stedman was 2.45 back on Lutsenko, who won by 55sec from Delko Marseille’s Rémy di Grégorio with Fuglsang a further nine seconds adrift in third.
All five BIKE Channel Canyon riders finished the race, with Harry Tanfield and Mitchell Webber, alongside Richardson and Stedman, inside the top 60 on Sunday’s final stage.
Click here for the full result. And if you haven’t seen them already, watch highlights of the race on Eurosport 1 at 11.30pm.