So here we are, back On Topic. Thanks for your good wishes. It was a sprint finish in the end. A few people, me included, tried attacking or bridging but on such an exposed course (a motor racing circuit around an airfield) the wind was so fierce around half the lap that no one or group was strong enough to stay away. After a few laps I decided to be patient, stick near but not on the front, and position myself well going into the final chicance. To be honest I've never had such an easy ride, and come the (tailwind) sprint people in front of me just died and through I came for a comfortable 3rd; almost unbelievable, but true.
I don't recall Ben, nor do I understand his issue. Taking a tow? I don't recall a late break, and Road Racing, especially on such a circuit, is all about saving energy until it matters, no?
Anyway, I'm now one happy 3rd cat veteran.