Yates, though, remained upbeat. “It’s good, I’m not sure how long I’ll hold onto it [race lead], but we’ll try our best and see how it goes,” he said. “After yesterday’s big ride in the TTT [team time trial], it was another hard stage today, a different kind of stage but I’m happy with my position, happy with my condition.
“Tomorrow’s a sprint stage then we have a few punchy, tricky stages and like I said yesterday, there’s no real hard, long mountain stage, a lot of hard short stages, so we’ll see how the legs are and take it from there.”
Tirreno-Adriatico continues on Friday with the 226km third stage from Pomarance to Foligno and concludes next Tuesday with a 10km individual time trial around San Benedetto del Tronto.