This is truly ridiculous.He was never going to beat WVA or Hirschi in that sprint and they clearly were not going to catch JA. Why should he not sacrifice himself? It's the least he could have done after what WVA has done for him the past month. Can't imagine JV being very happy about this lol
The only thing the worst sprinter in that group can do is sit and NEVER take a pull. NEVER! His only strategy to win the race is hope the good sprinters in that group are willing to work a lot and ultimately manage to bring Alaphilippe back on their own (or that Alaphilippe crashes out). At that point it's an open race, he might try an attack and the good sprinters don't react because they are spent after chasing.
That's cycling 101.
He took a lot more pulls than he should have.