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Topic - Jan Bakelants
German veteran Andreas Kloeden was second, 46 seconds behind, and Belgian Jan Bakelants was 1:44 back in third. Leader Chris Froome and his main Tour rival Alberto Contador finished together several minutes behind Costa.
Italian cyclist Matteo Trentin won Saturday's hilly 14th stage of the Tour de France in a perfectly-timed sprint finish, while race leader Chris Froome preserved his overall lead after staying safely in the main pack.
Considered an outsider to win the 15.5-mile dash along the streets of the southern seaport of Nice, Gerrans' team Orica Greenedge edged pacesetter Omega Pharma-Quickstep. Orica finished in a provisional time of 26 minutes, 25 seconds, with the top four teams all within 10 seconds.
Gerrans looked to have the finish line in sight with about 100 meters to go, but Sagan had a late sprint and almost caught him. But Gerrans dug deep to clinch his second career Tour stage win. Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas finished third.
The Belgian made his move with a few hundred meters remaining and did enough to withstand a late charge from Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan.
"We never panicked," he said. "We managed the gaps."
"We have good riders but haven't really trained for the team time trial," Bakelants said. "It will be tough to keep the jersey, but I've already had it two days and that's special. ... It's extraordinary to have worn it."