"I'm really happy. The first half I felt good, I had a good rhythm and I felt like I was going well", said the Bury rider, who will see mountain stages on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as chances to further cement top spot.
However, France's Thibaut Pinot lost more than three minutes on the stage victor to drop to fifth overall, 1 minute, 8 seconds off Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo, who occupies the final podium position. At least three times during this day Luis Leon was in different breakaways, the last one was neutralized with just 10 kilometers to go, Kazinform has learnt from the club's press service. This stage was a big target for me as well.
But France's Thibaut Pinot lost more than three minutes on the stage victor to drop to fifth overall, 1min 8sec off Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo who occupies the final podium position.
"It's a good gap and I'll see what I can do".
"But the final 10km, I really died a thousands deaths".
It only changes my tactics for the coming days.
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The department said it wasn't aware of any similar situations in China, either within the diplomatic community or among others. The embassy said it did not now know what caused the symptoms and that it wasn't aware of any similar situations in China.
Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates said he was satisfied with his day after finishing the 34.2km stage from Trento to Rovereto in 22nd position.
"I wasn't good, I had no power".
Yeah, yeah. I just put a lot into it.
Ahead of Dennis's victory, Denmark's Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Britain's Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) amd Dutchman Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) all sat in the hot seat before German powerhouse Martin, a quadruple former world TT champion, rolled back the years with an imperious display.
The 28-year-old's poor luck continued with his bike suffering more mechanical problems in finishing 3m 4s behind stage victor Rohan Dennis to slip to 10th in the overall rankings. Astana Team leaders, Miguel Angel Lopez and Pello Bilbao finished safely in the main group.
The 17th stage on Wednesday is a hilly 155-kilometer ride from Riva del Garda to Iseo, through the wine region of Franciacorta, before three grueling days in the Alps.