Simon Yates passed another huge test in the mountains on Sunday, claiming a maiden Giro stage win to take a 32-second lead.
The seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia provided a dramatic climax as Sam Bennett took the honours.
Simon Yates was rewarded for powering up Mount Etna as he took the maglia rosa and let his team-mate Esteban Chaves win stage six.
Tom Dumoulin started his Giro d'Italia defence with a "perfect" day, winning the time trial with Chris Froome 37 seconds off the pace.
Giro d'Italia champion Tom Dumoulin fears Chris Froome's presence in the race is "not good for cycling", with an investigation ongoing.
Tom Dumoulin will face a stern challenge if he opts to defend his Giro d'Italia title after Chris Froome confirmed he will compete in 2018.
Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin flexed his time trial muscles in Bergen on Wednesday to take gold by nearly a minute.
The 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia was an action-packed affair that ended with Tom Dumoulin being crowned as champion.
After finishing second to Tom Dumoulin in the Giro, Nairo Quintana said: "A podium finish is not something to be disappointed about."
Nairo Quintana's dreams of a Giro-Tour double disappeared on Sunday's time trial as Tom Dumoulin claimed his first Grand Tour win in Milan.