Lemma 15.40.7. Let $A \to B \to C$ be ring maps. If $A \to C$ is regular and $B \to C$ is flat and surjective on spectra, then $A \to B$ is regular.

**Proof.**
By Algebra, Lemma 10.38.10 we see that $A \to B$ is flat. Let $\mathfrak p \subset A$ be a prime. The ring map $B \otimes _ A \kappa (\mathfrak p) \to C \otimes _ A \kappa (\mathfrak p)$ is flat and surjective on spectra. Hence $B \otimes _ A \kappa (\mathfrak p)$ is geometrically regular by Algebra, Lemma 10.160.3.
$\square$

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