Just curious how some of you would handle this situation:
I did a stage race last weekend where it was made known up front that you had to finish each stage to race the next.
After the 3rd stage, the crit, I was hanging around with some guys from another team when a young dude from a 3rd team rolled up to his car. My friend from team 2 took 5th in the Crit and the young kid took 3rd. Friend says nice job, it was a close finish, kid replies, it was only close until I blew by you and beat you by 1.5 bike lengths. The kid does not know my friend, the kid was not being funny, he was being cocky. My buddy responds, nice attitude kid, you are sure to make a lot of friends that way.
The kid then goes on to tell us how he broke a derailluer hanger in the TT and never finished, had to borrow a bike for the crit. I then chimed in and said if you never finished the TT how were you allowed to even race the crit? The kid responds, was I supposed to walk my bike to the finish of the TT? I said yeah. He talked to the officials and they let him start the crit anyway.
Now this kid has become very strong and will probably get his cat2 upgrade this year, he's only been racing for 3 years and still a junior. I will freely admit he is better then me, I don't care, but he is very cocky and a dangerous rider, he always pulls some bonhead move in the weekly training crit that almost kills some people. And is very sketchy in races. Several guys have tried taking him aside and talking to him, including me, he doesn't listen, says he doesn't care if he causes crashes, etc.
I said to my friend that he should protest because the kid did not finish the TT and should not have been allowed to race the crit. I said I would only protest because of the smart@ss comments he made to my friend. My buddy did not protest, the kid ended up higher in the GC then my friend bumping him down a spot or two in the money.
I did mention something to one of the officials and he replied, it was a mechanical we can make exceptions. I do not think this is fair but didn't push it cause I was a lot further down in the GC.
What would you have done if you were my buddy?
(Sorry for the long winded post)