Australia’s Rohan Dennis won the stage two individual time trial at the Volta a Catalunya as Portugal’s João Almeida assumed the overall race lead.
The individual time trial saw riders take on a 18.5 kilometre course at Pla de l'Estany, as the Spanish stage race continued.
Ineos Grenadiers’ Dennis completed the course in a time of 22min, 27sec, after impressively tackling the rolling terrain, which ended with a challenging downhill section.
The effort gave Dennis his first victory in an individual time trial since he claimed the world title in the discipline during 2019.
France’s Rémi Cavagna proved Dennis’ closest challenger, with the Deceuninck-QuickStep rider finishing five seconds slower than the stage winner.
Cavagna’s team-mate Almeida rounded off the top three on the stage, ending 28 seconds down on Dennis’ time.
United States’ Brandon McNulty finished on the same time.
Almeida’s efforts proved enough to secure the overall race lead.
The Portuguese rider, who led the Giro d’Italia for 15 days last year, tops the general classification on countback due to being on the same time as McNulty.
Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez is third at three seconds down, with the Netherlands’ Steven Kruijswijk five behind the leaders.
They are followed by Australia’s Richie Porte and Britain’s Adam Yates at six and seven seconds down, with the Ineos Grenadiers riders joined in the top 10 by Geraint Thomas, who is 19 seconds off the race lead.
The race, which features on the International Cycling Union WorldTour circuit, will continue tomorrow with a 203km mountain stage from Canal Olímpic de Catalunya to Vallter 2000.