Tony Martin claimed stage ten of the Tour of Spain on Monday.
The German HTC rider blitzed the field with a dominant display in a 47km time trial around Salamanca.
Martin completed the flat course in a winning time of 55 minutes and 54 seconds.
But the day belonged to Britain’s Chris Froome who produced a performance of a lifetime to take second place.
The 26-year-old Team Sky rider started conservatively but crossed the line in top gear 59 seconds off the pace.
But his ride earned him the leaders red jersey as the rest of the favourites struggled.
Team-mate and fellow Brit Bradley Wiggins set the fastest time at the first checkpoint but faded towards the end to finish third. Time trial specialist Fabian Cancellara was fourth.
Sky are now riding high in the general classifications with two men inside the top three and a major gap between title contenders such as Michele Scarponi, Denis Menchov and Joaquim Rodriguez