World keirin champion Jason Kenny said the speed generated in cycling's fastest discipline caught him cold at the season-opening Track World Cup as the three-times Olympic gold medallist left the Manchester velodrome empty-handed.
Kenny stayed back in the hope he would rocket past his five opponents but the charge never came and France's Francois Pervis took home the gold.
German Maximilian Levy, riding for factory team Erdgas, bagged the silver while Venezuela's Hersony Canelon sprang a surprise to finish third, much to Kenny's dismay.
"The pace was really high. The keirin has changed a little bit recently, it seems to be getting a really high pace," said Kenny.
"After a lap and a half people are going and not looking back. I was near the back and it was always going to be difficult. I had to time it perfectly and I didn't."
Kenny had roared with approval and punched the air in delight after booking his place in the final.
Following what was supposed to be another win for the talented Briton, he wanted to put his fist in his own mouth after making a hash of the gold medal shootout.
"I never got into it. I was just a passenger following wheels," he added. "I had a few tiny opportunities and I just didn't take them."
Future track hope Owain Doull put on a madcap dash to the line in the final stages of the 30-kilometre points race to try and get on the podium but the Welsh youngster narrowly missed out, Italian Elia Viviani clinching third.
Ireland's Martyn Irvine pipped Olympic omnium champion Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark to the gold medal with Tour of Britain first stage winner Viviani completing the top three.
Belgian Jasper De Buyst edged Dutchman Tim Veldt to the omnium honours after the six-race battle while British hope Jon Dibben improved from seventh to fifth in the last event.
Despite the men's failure to add any medals to Britain's tally the hosts stayed in front on the table with three golds, one silver and two bronzes.
Olympic omnium champion Laura Trott could add to that on Sunday after she moved up to sixth overall at the halfway stage with a second place in the elimination race to give the crowd something to cheer as the evening session came to a close.
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