BESANCON (AFP) - Russia's Sergei Ivanov, riding for the Katusha team, won Saturday's 14th stage of the Tour de France with Rinaldo Nocentini retaining the overall lead. Earlier, Italian Franco Pellizotti took a small but symbolic step towards achieving one of his dreams at the Tour de France Friday when he pulled on the race's polka dot jersey. The Liquigas rider, who on Thursday missed out on the chance for a stage win for the second time in a week, battled through cold and rain to collect 27 points from three of the five climbs featuring on Friday's rain-hit 13th stage. He now leads Spaniard Egoi Martinez, of Euskaltel, by three points in the King of the Mountains competition, which will only really get going in the coming days in the Alps. "I'm so happy to have the jersey," beamed Pellizotti, who is aiming for a stage win, and hoping to emulate his boyhood heroes by winning the prestigious 'King of the Mountains' title. "When I started watching cycling in the 1980s Claudio Chiapucchi was my hero, then I liked to watch Richard Virenque." Overnight leader Martinez boosted his tally early when came over the summit of the Col de Schlucht in fourth place, one ahead of Pellizotti, to take seven points to the Italian's six. However the polka dot jersey wearer soon ran out of juice, prompting him to send two team-mates up the road, Ruben Perez and Mikel Astarloza, to hinder Pellizotti's quest for the points available to the first riders over the summit. On the difficult 8.7km climb over the Col du Platzerwasel where the first eight finishers were awarded points, Pellizotti shook off the close attention of his Basque rivals to grapple nine points. Up ahead, as eventual stage winner Heinrich Haussler attacked his fellow breakaway riders on the descent, Sylvain Chavanel, Amets Txurruka, also of Euskaltel, and Brice Feillu gobbled up the points. on the 2.1km Col du Bannstein. On the Col du Firstplan Pellizotti dug deep to make sure he was among the first six riders over the summit, crossing in fifth to add 12 points to his tally. Although he expects to lose ground in the race on Sunday when the main yellow jersey contenders are expected to battle their way to Verbier in Switzerland, Pellizotti is confident he can challenge in the long run. "I think in Verbier on Sunday it will be hard for me to stay up there if all the big (yellow jersey) favourites are racing," he added. "It looks like it will be a great fight with Martinez. But I'm feeling strong and I'm really confident of my chances."