Dan Martin finished third on the second stage of the Tour of the Alps as Simon Yates secured the win to seize the overall race lead.

Yates broke away on the penultimate climb of the 121.5km stage from Innsbruck to Feichten im Kaunertal, soloing to victory by 41 seconds from Ineos Grenadiers' Pavel Sivakov.

That was enough for the Team BikeExchange rider to take the race leader's jersey off Sivakov's team-mate Gianni Moscon, and Yates now leads overall by 45 seconds from Sivakov.

Martin, who races for Israel Start-Up Nation, was 58 seconds behind Yates and sits third overall in the general classification, one minute and four seconds behind Yates and 19 seconds behind Sivakov.

Yates was part of a select group including Sivakov, Hugh Carthy and Nairo Quintana to distance the peloton inside the final 25km of the day, with the 28-year-old using a series of attacks to drop his companions one-by-one.

Though the others were joined by a powerful group including Martin and Romain Bardet on the approach to the final climb, they could do nothing to reel in Yates.

"Today was a good test for me," said Martin. "I suffered a bit at the bottom of the final climb and got dropped but I stayed focused and did a big effort to move up.

"On the last climb, it was really aggressive with multiple attacks. I felt quite good at that moment and I made another big effort to go across to a strong group that was chasing Yates.

"Sivakov then went away with five kilometres to go and we just kept going full gas to the finish to get the best result possible.

"There is still a long time to the Giro and today was definitely a good sign ahead that. I'm quite satisfied with how it went today."

Fellow Irish rider Nicholas Roche finished 32nd, three minutes 11 seconds behind the leader.

The Giro will begin in Sicily on 8 May, with Yates making the Italian Grand Tour the first of his two major targets for the year alongside the Tokyo Olympics.

"It was a good day for us and the first win of the year so I'm very happy," Yates said.

"So far, so good, but there's a lot of very hard stages to go so we'll see what we can do in the next few days and go from there."