That saga stemmed from a pre-World Cup meeting with controversial Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but he returned to Arsenal action in successful fashion on Saturday after his country's shock group-stage exit in Russian Federation.
Thomas - who was the youngest rider in the Tour when he came 140th out of 141 finishers at his first attempt in 2007 - finished third in yesterday's time trial. Hence Thomas may need to gain more time on him on Friday to secure a comfortable buffer going into Saturday's "race of truth" and ensure his ride to Paris on Sunday's finish is as the Tour victor.
Daniel Sturridge scored his first Liverpool goal for eight months and Xherdan Shaqiri netted on his debut as Jurgen Klopp's side beat Manchester United 4-1 in MI. The two forwards, both of whom were involved at the World Cup for Egypt and Senegal respectively, came off the bench against Manchester City in midweek.
Meanwhile, Red Devils supporter Matt McClure called out Klopp for being a hypocrite, stating that he is glad that the German is not the Manchester United manager. Liverpool is far bigger than any individual, and always will be, but sometimes it is easy to take Klopp for granted, especially when you consider some of the bad times that have existed in recent history.
Complications arising from surgery on his shoulder had led to the Italian-Canadian being stood down with "profound sorrow" as the head of the Ferrari and Fiat-Chrysler vehicle companies last Saturday. And, after adding the title of Ferrari president to his responsibilities in 2014, he became one of F1's most influential figures too. F2 chairman Chase Carey said: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sergio Marchionne ".
The Frenchman added that comments from German rival Andre Greipel , who accused him of holding on to a vehicle to make it through the mountains, spurred him on. It was a move in which Dumoulin then encouraged Roglič to contribute after Roglič and Thomas followed him, but without Froome in tow. "Obviously what he said hurt me, and was also insulting".