OK, so this so called unwritten rule about not attacking a favourite for GC has now been dumped into the trash pile.
Over the years that followed the 2001 crash of JU it has been a topic of discussion about waiting for a GC or the yellow jersey. Yet when Mayo was unfortunately involved in a crash it became ATTACK! time. Every single fan and director sportif knew Mayo had the credentials to be a contender for GC this year. Yet at the first opportunity to take advantage of bad luck the commands are given to put the pedals to the metal and leave his @$$ in the ditch. In other words, "hey! Mayo is down! **** him! Keep on hammering!"
Is this little bit of Tour courtesy/protocol only selectively applied?
It seems to me that if LA is to fall again like last year then it it will be time to leave him in a crumpled pile and attack. Especially if your name is Iban Mayo.