Polish said:If Sammy was in yellow when he crashed, and the person in second place ATTACKED when Sammy was down - that would be ok?
Gee, I don't know. Let's try to make a list of all the situations in which attacks are or are not allowed by the unwritten rules of gentlemanliness.
Imagine a tour with time bonuses. After a prologue, Wiggins in yellow, Hushovd in second, basically on same time. They sprint, Wiggins is caught in a crash in the last bend. What does Hushovd do?
(a) Stop the peloton and wait for Wiggins.
(b) Tell the race organizer the stage was too dangerous, should be neutralized, and everyone will ride arm in arm across the finish line.
(c) Ride like the wind and take yellow.
I mean, really, who deserves to be waited for and who doesn't? Are you saying the best riders deserve special treatment? The strongest riders in cycling need to be mollycoddled and waited for and attended on? And everyone else? Sc*%#ed. Give me a break.
If there is a horrible, horrible crash and people are concerned for someone's life and wellbeing, then maybe they wait, out of sheer concern and worry. But if your rival plays the fool, overdoes a turn, and tumbles, you're supposed to get off your bike, walk back to him, and give him a hand up?
Like Sastre says, that's kid's stuff. This is the Tour de France. You want to watch choreographed sports entertainment, that's what wrestling's for.