I don't see how Stybar blew it . Getting hit by some idiot in the crowd was not his fault.
You want to ride outside the gutter and mix it up w/fans; you get what you get. Spart & Sep were well inside. Chalk it up to inexperience.
Firstly, we're talking about two separate incidents. Vandenburgh hit the spectator, Stybar swerved to avoid what looked like an imminent crash with a complete dickhead playing chicken with Cancellara.
I disagree about it being Vandenbourgh's fault, or due to inexperience. The outside line is by far the easiest, so it's the smart place to ride. It is a calculated risk but I would have thought it a relatively small risk compared to the massive benefit in terms of energy saved. The crash really shouldn't have happened and it's the spectator's fault.
Stybar lost the wheel when he unclipped and swerved to avoid the aforementioned complete dickhead. All three of them were right in the middle of the road at the time, not in the gutter. I didn't see what happened after that because the cameras stayed on Cancellara who didn't try to avoid said dickhead. He may've crashed into a spectator on the far side of the road, but if he did it was immaterial as he'd lost the wheel and wasn't ever going to get back on with Cancellara going full gas.
Maybe Stybar's inexperience contributed, in that he is less used to racing with crowds that aren't behind barriers, and maybe he shouldn't have swerved, but that's a whole realm of what-ifs (what-if, for example, the dickhead hadn't moved fast enough and Cancellara and Sep had gone down?).
I'm surprised that there has been much less discussion of this than of "wheel sucking" (
). Stupid behaviours of spectators massively influenced the outcome of this race. OPQS were in very strong position with two of four riders in what was almost certainly going to be the winning break. They were robbed of their chance at one of the two most important races of their season through no real fault of their own.