Firstly I acknowledge that these guys are not hard men like yourself,
who I'm sure would have carried on charging with two broken legs
Actually it was a great move by Saxo. Fabian gallantly sacrificed his yellow jersey for the good of the team. In gaining tacit agreement from the other riders in the front group to wait he suceeded in allowing his team leaders to lose no time.
I am not sure why others are whining about FC's actions. If other teams had alternate views there was nothing to stop them from ignoring him and carrying on racing. As Chris Horner has already stated, there was an unspoken decision made by the riders to take the action they did.
Also their guys DID get caught up, they just weren't as far back as the Saxo guys but all of the main GC contenders benefited from Fabian wanting to wait.