I think it's fair to say that at least the photo finish line should coincide with the actual finish line, otherwise questions of accuracy inevitably arise. As it is the invisible photo finish line becomes the arbitrary indicator of victory, as riders shoot for a designated target that is merely illusory.No, the virtual photo finish line is the only correct finish line. And Van Aert was without a doubt the first to cross the photo finish line. Discussion closed. You can't change the rules during or after the race..... because your favorite didn't win.
You have no authority to declare any discussion closed, so come down from your high horse.
By the way I had no preference in the outcome, no favorite rider with whom to side, so your final premise is bogus. And this has nothing to do with changing the rules, but the accuracy of a system in its current usage and the results declared by it. Even if CyclistAbi doesn't agree, his photo shows exactly what mine does. Pidcock reaching the finish line first, even if it was not the real (invisible) one. Way to call a bike race.