The Ineos driver distanced the Colombian Esteban Chaves by 13 seconds and the old Spanish star Alejandro Valverde by 0:19 seconds. First pursuer of Yates in the overall standings is his Australian team-mate Richie Porte, 45 seconds behind, followed in third place by the previous leader Joao Almeida (POR / Deceuninick-QuickStep).
The next climbing tour awaits the riders on Thursday. On the 166.5-kilometer fourth stage from Ripoll to Port Aine, an ascent of the first and two mountains of the highest category are on the program. The goal is at an altitude of 1,967 meters. The tour ends in Barcelona on Sunday.