ok.. lets cause some trouble...
actually discussed this for a while yesterday at home and i have no problem with it...
Cav (im going to refrain from saying cavvy, i know what controversy it causes), is a sprinter, a professional cyclist, paid to spring and win races. He has won three stages in this giro, done the job asked of him, pleased the team, the sponsors, but there is more to do this season and that needs to be thought about..
what would be the point of him completing the giro, just so that he can say "i completed the giro"... it has no effect on the points competition whatsoever, because the giro points competion is NOT sprint based like the tour..
So he could continue, finish the giro, whoopy doo.. he could also tire himself out completely climbing the mountains, for no reason, he could also come of on one of the descents, break a collarbone and miss the tour..
on the flip side, he can leave now, job done, and go off, couple of days break and then some training, head out to france, recce some of the stage finishes in advance ready for july, and be a serious contender for the green jersey..
Its a professional sport, riders are there to win, and the teams are there to make sure they put the riders in the best possible position to win.. If liverpool are 2-0 with ten minutes to go and rafa takes torres and gerrard off to rest them with a big game coming up, do we all complain, do we say nando and stevie should have finished the match.. what a disgrace it is them coming off early.. NO..
Sprinters stop being skirts and do your job.
And cav's job was? to win as many sprint stages as possible.. i would say he has done his job.. of course the giro could have covered it and had a prestigious sprint stage on the final day instead of some stupid TT
(that said, i think cav should have said up yours to the olympics and tried to carry on to paris... as someone who was in paris i would say that though)