Tao Geoghegan Hart put in a battling ride on the final day of Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, taking second place on the stage.
With the GC group chasing hard from behind, Tao dug deep as the lead group splintered on the Col de la Madone. The Grenadiers man was able to sprint for second into Blausasc, 13 seconds behind lone stage winner Gianluca Brambilla (Trek Segafredo).
The result saw Geoghegan Hart elevate himself to 10th overall in a tightly packed GC battle - a productive start to the season for the Giro winner.
Despite the split coming over 100 kilometres out, the group would never be caught, eventually finishing over eight minutes ahead of a defeated peloton. 12th on the stage, Yates was immediately able to place himself among the top contenders for overall victory. The action continues on Monday with a time trial.