Masnada closed out the 106 kilometre fourth stage from Salorno to
Baselga di Pine with a final solo breakaway to forge a five second win
over Sivakov's Sky team-mate, Britain's Teo Geoghegan Hart, who claimed
stage one of the tour.
Poland's Rafal Majka, riding for Bora-Hansgrohe, was third.
Known as the 'shark', 2014 Tour de France winner Nibali was a danger to Sivakov on the final climb.
But Chris Froome, out of contention for the lead himself at this
point, hit back on behalf of his Sky team-mate, helping Sivakov keep in
touch with the rampant Italian by responding to two attacks over the
As a result Sivakov has an eight second lead over Astana's Czech
rider Jan Hart going into Thursday's 134-kilometre fourth stage from
Baselga di Pine to Cles.
Results from the third stage of the Tour des Alpes over 106 kilometres between Salorno to Baselga di Pine in Italy:
1. Fausto Masnada (ITA/AND) 2h 58min 08sec, 2. Tao Geoghegan Hart
(GBR/SKY) at 5sec, 3. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) s.t, 4. Vincenzo Nibali
(ITA/BAH) s.t, 5. Dario Cataldo (ITA/AST) s.t
1. Pavel Sivakov (RUS/SKY) 11hrs 27min 08sec, 2. Jan Hirt (CZE/AST)
8, 3. Mattia Cattaneo (ITA/AND) 23, 4. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 35, 5. Tao
Geoghegan Hart (GBR/SKY) 37