yal are crazy. By that definition anyone being led out by a sprint train is a wheel sucker. Probably even worse than what gerrans is being called because sprint trains are planned out days in advanced.
No riders are the same and all riders are going to race to their strengths. If your goal is trade 100% time trial hay makers side by side with cancellara then you better be on his level for the type of efforts he's making. If you are a punchy sprinter and you've now found yourself on the wheel of such man, you certainly do not have the engine and staying put is sometimes the only* thing you can do. Gerran's SRM data doesn't lie, and staying on fabian's wheel was not a walk in the park. Two riders can be at their 100% limit, and still that has no implication that by 'specialty' or 'the type of rider', rider B (behind) can come over the top in a sprint.
Maybe it's a noble gesture to 'earn respect in the peloton', but explaining that do a director 'well i could have won , but i wanted fabian's respect.... so i made pulled through 10 times and rotated in the paceline' probably wont cut it. Sports are a business , riders are paid to perform, and riders have a livelyhood to earn/maintain.
3 faces here, none of which are sucking wheels.
An anecdote for a hard group ride. I followed a friend's attack who has a big motor, who put me in the danger zone despite drafting him..... i couldn't (not didn't) pull to the front for feeling of a heart attack, but sure enough when the sprint point atop the hill was in sight, we both opened it up and i came around to pip him barely. This is real life.