In truth, he would have struggled to find a way past Kittel on a flatter finish on Thursday, although he might have noted with interest the way Arnaud Demare seemingly using his head to battle his way past a couple of opponents on the way to second place.
The last climb today "could shake things up a bit", Froome said.
Monday's respite won't come fast enough for some riders, although they must first tackle Sunday's journey to Chambery in stage nine before they can afford to take their foot off the pedal. It should be a big weekend of racing.
We head into the mountains again this weekend though and have a couple of seriously tough days ahead of us; days that will more than likely shake up that overall classification.
Froome holds a 12-second lead over Thomas with in-form Fabio Aru of Italy in third place, 14 seconds off the pace.
Dan is now fourth overall at 25 seconds, so there is the possibility we could have an Irishman in yellow by Sunday. "I was so close", he said.
Kittel seemed sure he won, holding up three fingers to celebrate his three stage victories.
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But none of that would have been possible had Dr Kebrle not done a good enough job repairing the tendons and ligament damage. The No.6 seed damaged her back after falling heavily in her match in the Aegon Championships three days ago.
Today's favorites for a good finish are Marcel Kittel, and Andre Greipel.
There are photo finishes and then there is this.
Four riders had a breakaway after the start of the 213.5km stage from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges, but they were finally caught by the peloton with six kilometers remaining.
Australia's Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), Norway's Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) and Germany's John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) completed the top five in a thrilling finale.
Away from the Tour, Sagan and Mark Cavendish kiss and make up. Kettel owns the green jersey now.
CAS clearly spotted the same elbow as the race jury and that would now appear to be that when it comes to Sagan and this Tour.
"That penultimate stage a year ago was worse than being cut by a knife", said Aru.