But after Cavendish missed the time cut on stage 11 of this year's race - one of several sprinters to depart in the mountains - he will now line up with Dimension Data in London.
Froome finished eighth, one minutes 35 seconds behind, and dropped from second to third overall, a distant two minutes, 31 seconds behind Thomas, the Welsh rider seeking his first grand-tour victory.
Sprinters Fernando Gaviria and Dylan Groenewegen - who had each won two stages in this Tour - called it quits during Stage 12 to Alpe d'Huez. Fernando Gaviria and Dylan Groenewegen, who both won two stages on this Tour, along with Andre Greipel all abandoned the race last week, while 30-stage victor Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel failed to make a time cut in the Alps.
Greipel, one of several sprinters who pulled out in the Alps, while others, like Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel, missed the time cut, accused Demare of holding on to a auto to make it through the mountains on Stage 16.
Demare was set up for the sprint finish by his Groupama team, who worked tirelessly in the final kilometres to make sure Sagan's chances were limited.
Greipel, who also quit in Stage 12, later apologized on Twitter, saying he had relied on "incorrect" information.
"I can't complain, I could be worse", said Sagan. "It's a shame that people cast doubts over my performance and my hard work. There was still third place up for grabs and I had a little gap ... so nice bonus". It's not in my mindset or my philosophy to [cheat].
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Newstalk1010 reports that the father of the 10-year-old victim was also wounded in the shooting and was brought from St. Andrew Mantzios told The Globe and Mail newspaper he had seen the shooting as he sat with friends drinking coffee.
"I didn't want him to have a bad day like he did but it just gave me confidence knowing someone of Froomey's stature was struggling, and I just knew I would be able to respond to the attacks".
"The last climb will be down to the legs". UAE-Emirates have a stage win but not for Alexander Kristoff so it's probably all in for him unless they put a man in the escape.
Thomas held an overnight lead of 1min 39sec on compatriot Froome, but took it to 2:31 after the four-time champion crossed the finish 1:36 behind Quintana and almost a minute off Thomas.
An imposing route will take the riders over three-quarters of the so-called "Circle of Death" as they tackle the Aspin, Tourmalet and Aubisque on a 200km stage from Lourdes to Laruns, and fireworks are expected before Saturday's time trial provides the final sort-out in the general classification. It will be a big test (for me) but I think it's more one for the team to control it most of the day.
"Hopefully we won't have to use Froomey".
Perhaps a bigger worry for Thomas and Froome concerns the unruly fans who have consistently affected this Tour by spitting at riders - or even reaching out to grab them.