Lars Boom (Lotto NL Jumbo) won the Tendring time trial to claim the green jersey on day five of the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
The Dutchman stopped the clock in 19:02 on the streets of Clacton-on-Sea to win the stage and take overall lead of the 2017 race.
Teammate Victor Campenaerts finished second, six seconds behind Boom with Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) in third place a further second back.
Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas was the best British finisher on the stage, setting a time of 17 seconds to finish eighth.
2011 Tour winner Boom now leads the 2017 Tour of Britain by eight seconds from Campenaerts, with Kiryienka in third place, a second behind.
Boom said it was a great result.
“Really happy with the win and the lead in the general classification (GC). I’m really happy.
“We have to see if I can hang on to the jersey. First we’re going to celebrate tonight with a beer at dinner!
“The focus now is to win the GC in Cardiff on Sunday.”
Thomas has leads the best British rider competition and sits ninth in the GC standings, 19 seconds behind Boom.
Racing heads to Suffolk on Friday for stage six - 187km from Newmarket to Aldeburgh.