Bobby Julich has been keeping a race diary for ESPN.com, and his comments today were critical of Phonak for giving up the MJ. Here is his first main paragraph:
The yellow jersey is all about honor and taking responsibility of that honor. If you have enough responsibility and desire to take yellow, you have to have the same to defend it. So, when Landis and Phonak didn't do much to close an almost 30-minute gap from the breakaway group, other teams had to interpret that as a lack of respect for the jersey.
This is the kind of Tour-morals that I was critical of in my initial post on another thread. Bobby certainly knows the culture of the peloton far, far better than I, but I still find it hard to believe that Phonak has gotten on the bad side of all of the other teams because they "disrespected the Yellow Jersey."