LYON, France — Italian cyclist Matteo Trentin timed his finish perfectly to win the hilly 14th stage of the Tour de France, while Chris Froome preserved his overall lead by staying in the pack on Saturday.
Froome and the other main contenders were more than seven minutes back when Trentin crossed the finish line in Lyon to become the first Italian to win a stage this year.
Froome managed not to lose any more time to his main rival Alberto Contador ahead of Sunday's daunting 21-kilometer (13-mile) ascent of Mont Ventoux — one of cycling's toughest climbs, where Britain's Tom Simpson collapsed and died during the 1967 Tour.
"I'm concentrating on the GC (overall classification), but of course it would be great to win tomorrow," Froome said. "In cycling terms it would be like a dream come true."
Froome, the Tour favorite, lost more than a minute to Contador, the two-time former champion, and Dutchman Bauke Mollema in Friday's incident-packed sprint stage.