Matteo Trentin has the last laugh

Bryn Lennon

It took until stage 14 this year before we saw a successful long breakaway. With hard racing and hungry sprinters teams it took until a day before a huge mountain to keep the pelotons hunger in check. In the end after a thrilling finish it was Omega Pharma- Quickstep's Matteo Trentin who was strongest in the final sprint to take his first TdF stage win. Omega Pharma thus takes it's fourth stage win in this Tour as Chris Froome safely remains the race leader.

The win today wasn't easy to come by by any means as the riders had a long struggle from the start to finally get away. A first break of four riders was kept in check and it wasn't until a bigger group with more teams represented connected with the original group to form a break of 18 riders. The group had some of the stronger breakaway riders in this year's field. Jens Voigt, Marcus Burghard, Jan Bakelants and Lars Bak were all there as were Garmin riders Millar and Talansky and Tejay van Garderen of BMC once more trying to salvage something from his disappointing TdF so far.

The break extended their lead slowly as the peloton enjoyed a long awaited relax except for Hoogerland of Vacansoleil and Cunego of Lampre spent useless energy trying to chase down the break that their teams had missed. The effort was predictably wasted and they eventually let themselves fall back to the main peloton.

As the break entered the final climb the French rider Julien Simon took his chance and set in a powerful attack, quickly building an advantage of 20-25 seconds to the group and a chasing Blel Kadri. After the climb there were still 10 km to the finish though and while it long looked like the disorganization in the chase would give Simon a chance to stay away he eventually tired and as the chasers took turns attacking behind he was caught. This set up a final sprint in the crowded streets of Lyon between the select group that had survived the attacking and counterattacking. Michael Albasini looked to be the strongest but timed his effort just wrong and the fast Matteo Trentin finished the sprint he had launched from far back in the group to take his first Tour de France stagewin. Crossing the line he could hardly believe it himself. Young Trentin, a strong support rider both in the classics and in the sprints has looked promising since his debut with his ability to stay in the front even in big races like the Milano-Sanremo and his future doesn't look less golden after today.

The other big winner of the day was Andrew Talansky of Garmin-Sharp who took 7:19 on the peloton to propel him into 12th place on GC and perhaps more importantly within 1:10 of the lead in the Young rider classification. That means that classification will be even more interesting to follow with three strong contenders in Kwiatkowski, Quintana and Talansky.

Most disappointed after the stage were probably the French who long held hopes that Simon could end their drought and grab the home-nation's first win in this Tour de France. In the end it was not to be and expectations for tomorrow's Bastille-day stage to Mont Ventoux are now raised to extreme levels. Expect every Frenchman and his grandmother to attack for the win tomorrow.

Stage top 10:

1. ITATRENTIN Matteo 158 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 04h 15' 11''
2. SUIALBASINI Michael 182 ORICA GREENEDGE 04h 15' 11'' + 00' 00''
3. USATALANSKY Andrew 178 GARMIN - SHARP 04h 15' 11'' + 00' 00''
4. ESPROJAS José Joaquin 129 MOVISTAR TEAM 04h 15' 11'' + 00' 00''
5. ESPGARCIA ECHEGUIBEL Egoitz 134 COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 04h 15' 11'' + 00' 00''
6. DENBAK Lars Ytting 22 LOTTO-BELISOL 04h 15' 11'' + 00' 00''
7. GERGESCHKE Simon 196 TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 04h 15' 11'' + 00' 00''
8. FRAVICHOT Arthur 79 FDJ.FR 04h 15' 11'' + 00' 00''
9. RUSBRUTT Pavel 102 KATUSHA TEAM 04h 15' 11'' + 00' 00''
10. FRAGAUTIER Cyril 54 TEAM EUROPCAR 04h 15' 11'' + 00' 00''

General Classification:

1. GBRFROOME Christopher 1 SKY PROCYCLING 55h 22' 58''
2. NEDMOLLEMA Bauke 164 BELKIN PRO CYCLING 55h 25' 26'' + 02' 28''
3. ESPCONTADOR Alberto 91 TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 55h 25' 43'' + 02' 45''
4. CZEKREUZIGER Roman 94 TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 55h 25' 46'' + 02' 48''
5. NEDTEN DAM Laurens 167 BELKIN PRO CYCLING 55h 25' 59'' + 03' 01''
6. DENFUGLSANG Jakob 63 ASTANA PRO TEAM 55h 27' 37'' + 04' 39''
7. POLKWIATKOWSKI Michal 153 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 55h 27' 42'' + 04' 44''
8. COLQUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 128 MOVISTAR TEAM 55h 28' 16'' + 05' 18''
9. FRAPÉRAUD Jean-Christophe 81 AG2R LA MONDIALE 55h 28' 37'' + 05' 39''
10. ESPRODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin 101 KATUSHA TEAM 55h 28' 46'' + 05' 48''

Points competition:

1. SVKSAGAN Peter 11 CANNONDALE 357 pts
2. GBRCAVENDISH Mark 151 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 273 pts
3. GERGREIPEL André 24 LOTTO-BELISOL 217 pts

Mountains competition:

1. FRAROLLAND Pierre 51 TEAM EUROPCAR 50 pts
2. GBRFROOME Christopher 1 SKY PROCYCLING 33 pts
3. AUSPORTE Richie 6 SKY PROCYCLING 28 pts

Young Rider competition:

1. POLKWIATKOWSKI Michal 153 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 55h 27' 42''
2. COLQUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander 128 MOVISTAR TEAM 55h 28' 16'' + 00' 34''
3. USATALANSKY Andrew 178 GARMIN - SHARP 55h 28' 52'' + 01' 10''
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