Matteo Trentin took over from his room-mate Mark Cavendish as a stage winner on the 100th Tour de France as he beat Michael Albasini over the line in Lyon.

Italian Trentin won what turned into a mini-sprint finish as the remnants of a long 18-man breakaway contested the honours with Chris Froome and the rest of the peloton more than six minutes back down the road.

Cavendish won yesterday's stage 13 to Saint-Amand-Montrond but it was Trentin's turn today as Omega Pharma-Quick Step enjoyed their fourth stage success of the Tour.

Nicolas Roche finished in 36th and is also 36th in the general classification, while Dan Martin came home in 50th place and stays in 11th place overall. 

The Tour debutant adds to Cavendish's two victories and Tony Martin's success in the individual time trial on Wednesday.

The thousands of fans lining the streets of Lyon had been desperately hoping to see Julien Simon become the first French stage winner of this Tour.

The Sojasun rider launched an attack 15 kilometres from the line and pulled as much as 40 seconds clear as they crested the last of seven categorised climbs today, but he was chased down as they passed under the flamme rouge one kilometre from the finish.

His was the most daring of several attacks and feints off the front of the 18-man group once it became apparent one of their number would take the win today.

David Millar, who won on this day - the anniversary of Tom Simpson's death - in last year's Tour, was among those who showed an interest, but the Scot drew his finger across his throat to signal he was out of gas as they went up the penultimate climb of the day.

Instead, there was a bunch sprint finish with an unlikely cast as Martins won from Albasini with Millar's team-mate Andrew Talansky, another Tour debutant, crossing in third.