Except for the US, which had 3 men in the break, including Phinney, who was designated their sprinter after it was clear that Farrar didn't have the legs. And Kazahkstan, who had Vino in the break. And Columbia, who had Vino in the break. And every other team who had someone in the break.
Were they chickenshits because they were looking to win the race by staying away in the break? Who said that the race is all about a mass sprint anyway? Frankly, I think it was a classic race with lots of great tactics. Teejay gave it his all to set Phinney up for a possible medal. Ryder and Phinney screwed up by not going with Vino. I thought it was a thrilling race, and I'm glad that the Brits had their asses handed to them. You know, you've got to adjust your tactics for the resources you are endowed with. With only 5 men on a team, there was no way that any other team was going to cooperate with the Brits and set it up for a Cavendish win. And to hear them whining afterwards is ridiculous. They went in with a strategy that was doomed to failure, and it isn't surprising at all.