Orica-GreenEDGE beaten at the line in Tour's stage 14

THE Aussie-owned Orica-GreenEDGE team may have just missed its final chance for another stage win in this year's Tour de France after Michael Albasini was beaten by less than a wheel in stage 14.

Albasini seemed certain to emulate the efforts of teammate Simon Gerrans on stage three when he sprinted to the lead inside the 800m, but was caught by Italian Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) just 10m from the finish line.

Leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) maintained his position at the head of the general classification after finishing 22nd in a large group that was more than seven minutes behind Trentin into Lyon.

The Englishman was expected to retain the yellow jersey after last night's stage 15 and will no doubt use tonight's rest day to lock in the team's strategy ahead of what will no doubt be a difficult stage 16 from Vaison-la-Romanie to Gap tomorrow night.

That 168km stage comes ahead of the final individual time trial on Wednesday night before the peloton tackles the most difficult stage of the tour, the tortorous climb up the Alpe-d'Huez on Thursday night.