Russia's Nikolai Trusov steered clear of a late crash to win the second stage of the Tour of Britain and take the yellow jersey from Mark Cavendish.
Trusov's pursuit of the leaders eventually paid off
Trusov was part of a 36-man break which made a decisive move after two-thirds of the gruelling 105-mile leg.
He kept pace with the leaders and hit the front after avoiding a four-man pile-up close to the finish in Taunton.
Britain's Cavendish, the prologue and first stage winner, came home in 34th, more than 10 minutes behind Trusov.
The T-Mobile rider admitted he had felt the pace over the Exmoor Hills.
"It was always going to be a really tough day and that's exactly what it proved to be," he said.
"The team did a great job for me again but unfortunately for me there are more than 30 riders here this week who are better climbers than me.
"Hopefully Wednesday will see a bunch sprint again and we can challenge for another stage.
"I was always realistic that I wouldn't hold on to the yellow jersey but it was nice while it lasted."
Scotland's Evan Oliphant brought a smile to the home fans with a stunning finish to take 10th place on the stage.
Dutchman Piet Rooijakkers now holds the green jersey for the leading sprinter while Belgian Serge Pauwels has taken the king of the mountains jersey.