Originally Posted by Froome19
Dont think he was contesting the sprint but rather just staying near the front. Just out of inexperience he stayed a bit too near the front. You generally find in races with less packed sprinter fields that you can even have GC contenders in the top 10 in sprints.
What Phinney, and the BMC management do not understand is this is not The Tour of Qatar,Oman, or a classic, where it would be great to see young Phinney at the front of a charging peloton.
Seeing Phinney going down with a wild bunch sprinter like Cav. and who was it Ferrari, in the beginning of a race is bad tactics for BMC.
Phinney is a man who if managed properly will win monuments, TT stages in GTs, perhaps medal in the Worlds TT/Olympics.
What he is doing in the front with the argy bargy field sprinters in the 2nd biggest GT of the world, when he might have been able to hold the Maglia Rosa for 7 days, lead his team to a TTT win and perhaps win the final TT, that is beyond comprehension.