Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) finished as runner up for the second time in three days as he was edged out by under 23 world champion Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Joker Icopal) in the Handzame Classic.
Blythe, who finished second to Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) in Nokere Koerse on Wednesday, was kept in a good position for much of the final 10km by his strong Aqua Blue Sport squad.
However the British champion only had one team-mate remaining as the race entered the final kilometre, and other teams who had been sitting in the slipstream of the Irish squad seized the moment to take control.
That left Blythe poorly positioned for the final sprint, but he somehow found a way through to come close to the win.
Another man who was poorly positioned was Joker's under-23 world champion Kristoffer Halvorsen, who was highly impressive as he weaved his way through the slower sprinters to hold off an quickly-closing Blythe to win by a bike length.
The victory is the biggest senior win of Halvorsen's career, with the Norwegian rider attracting attention from a number of WorldTour teams including Team Sky and Quick-Step Floors.
Handzame Classic 2017: Bredene to Koretemark (192.7km)
1. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Joker Icopal
2. Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
3. Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
4. Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
5. Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
6. Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
7. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Verandas Willems-Crelan
8. Jelle Mannaerts (Bel) Tarteletto-Isorex
9. Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
10. Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Ethan Vernon to debut Hope TT bike at World Championship U23 time trial
First international appearance for the roadgoing version of the Great Britain Hope x Lotus track bike
By Simon Smythe •
Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel looking for extra one per cent at Worlds as task of beating Filippo Ganna looms
The Belgian duo hope for home advantage in order to defeat the Italian in the men's elite individual time trial
By Jonny Long •
Adam Blythe announces retirement at 30
Adam Blythe has announced his retirement from the professional peloton, aged 30.
By Alex Ballinger •
Adam Blythe: 'It's nice to be back in a professional setup'
Blythe says he is focused on helping Caleb Ewan to sprint victories in his return to WorldTour racing
By Gregor Brown •
Adam Blythe joins Lotto-Soudal after collapse of Aqua Blue Sport
Britain’s Adam Blythe will return to Lotto-Soudal, eight years after he first rode for the Belgian team.
By Alex Ballinger •
'Day one I thought this is not a good idea': Adam Blythe slams one-by bike for demise of Aqua Blue Sport
Blythe says he's still expecting to be paid until the end of the season by Irish team
By Richard Windsor •
Adam Blythe given late disqualification after illegal bike change at Tour of Oman
The Briton was unable to contest the final sprint stage of the race after commissaires disqualified him
By Owen Rogers •
Aqua Blue Sport team unveil new white jersey for Vuelta a España
Irish team Aqua Blue Sport celebrate their first Grand Tour with a new kit
By Nigel Wynn •
Adam Blythe stages remarkable recovery from late puncture to finish second in Nokere Koerse
British champion Adam Blythe recovered from a late puncture to finish second in Nokere Koerse, with the race won by Nacer Bouhanni.
By Henry Robertshaw •
Adam Blythe: 'Signing for Aqua Blue was a no-brainer'
Adam Blythe believes that his new Aqua Blue Sport team can have success in a variety of races.
By Chris Marshall-Bell •