By: Lee Chin-wei, Kay Liu and Evelyn Ka
The 22-year-old Astafyev, a member of the VINO 4-Ever SKO cycling team, completed the 116.37-kilometer stage along the northern coast of Taiwan in a time of two hours, 47 minutes and 59 seconds, 2 minutes and 26 seconds ahead of a pack of 67 riders.
That left Astayev with an overall lead of 1:32 over Carlos Alzate of Colombia with three stages of the five-stage race left.
Another nine riders were within two minutes of the leader in the overall standings. [FULL STORY]