This is why I am disappointed:
Now, I know I will stir some controversy here, and I am ready for the full brunt of your rage. Let me preface this post by saying that you all know that I love Andy Schleck like an adopted son. The boy can do no wrong in my eyes.
However.......I am a little disappointed in his reaction to what happened at the 2008 Tour de Pologne. Rules are rules after all.
Andy was very annoyed at his time loss because of a "stupid rule." The rule, in this case, is one that states that time lost due to a crash in the final 3K of the finish does NOT apply to hill top finishes. Now, Andy didn't seem too bothered by this rule on stage 6 of the 2008 Tour de France when yellow jersey wearer Stefan Schumacher touched Kim Kirchen's wheel (after Kim had touched his brakes) and crashed 300 M from the finish. This crash ultimately put Kirchen into the yellow jersey and allowed Frank Schleck to finish 4th in the stage.
I believe that Andy's reaction to the "stupid rule" may reflect the passions of youth, and I believe that some day he will come to realize that as Bjarne Riis says, "It's not the first or last time something like this is going to happen." In my heart of hearts I hope that he will come to realize that rules is rules- even if they are stupid- and that if it's not fair to him, then it's also not fair to guys like Schumacher. As Kim Kirchen says in this video from after the stage, "that's the rules."
Typically, in a hill top finish you're not getting a massive sprint with a huge field. I think the rule only applies to flat stages for safety, so that everybody doesn't feel like they have to be in that front group, thus causing huge crashes that can wipe out the whole field.
According to Cycling News this is what happened in stage 6 of the 2008 Tour de France.
Anywho, I'm a little disappointed in my boy, but I'm sure that with experience he will be able to keep his anger/passions in check.
Love ya Andy!