Lack of communication or a misunderstanding of tactics deprived Norwood Paragon's Chris Moores of 50 points when his team-mate took the win in Saturday's Hillingdon Winter Series cycling race.
With just two events remaining and Jerone Walters, the series leader, away in Wales, Moores should have been supported by his team to win this event.
The 30 mile race saw Norwood Paragon's Angus MacAlister take off after just three miles with junior Felix English (Corridori). The gap opened and continue to do so with English dropping back after a further three miles, leaving MacAlister to power away into the wind.
At 18 miles Moores and Toby Meadows (Corridori) sped clear of the bunch but made little impression on the leader.
MacAlister was first to the line in 1.14.35, having lapped the bunch, with Moores finishing second in 2.05 just ahead of Meadows. The field came in 40 seconds later.
Local riders finishing well up included Team Quest's Michael Hill and Matthew Carden. Kenton Road Club's Des Gayler punctured a tyre three miles from the finish while talented Team Quest youngster Martin Dawkins broke his chain with four laps to go.
The overall competition sees Walters (Sigma Sport) still in pole position with 1,460 points, Moores in second (1,390 points) and Paul Alderson (SWRC) in third (840 points).
Had Moores won, the extra 50 points would have cut Walters' lead to just 20.
The fourth category support race saw a 29 bunch up sprint taken by Tom Sutherland (Twickenham CC) in 47 minutes from Peter Hedger (Sotonia) and Justin Webb (London Dynamo).