No Mellow Johnny for you!
When I saw Cadel Evans start sprinting in todays stage of the tour the first thought I had was : what a dick. He seems to be a few cards short of a full deck; while I applaud his willingness to attack he is certainly not making friends. 1st he pissed off his breakaway companions by trying to push up the gap 2 days earlier and then he sprinted the Yellow jersey group on todays stage.
To the casual observer this may seem savvy. But the thing is he may have gotten a few extra seconds from the break, but the part he doesn't understand is that by getting greedy for time he risked Postal, CSC and everyone else chasing the break down. And after letting Armstrong and Basso do all the work today he just pissed them off by sprinting them for a placing that gave him nothing.
Short term gain? Yes. But the next time Armstrong or Basso attack, they are likely to do it when cadel is going back for food or out of position. Other riders won't work with him. It just isn't smart. And unless you are one of the few like Armstrong or Big Eddy you can't win the tour if people don't want you to win.