Deceuninck-QuickStep team provided Gilbert master-class when Belgian national champion Yves Lampaert succeeded in reaching the final podium as Florian Senechal and Zdenek Stybar came home in a chasing group in the seven highest.
The defense hero Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) had to arrange for fourth place after he retired from the final 20km of Queen of the Classics 117 years.
Gilbert, Politt, Lampaert and Sagan were part of an optional group of six who joined the end of the race business with one minute advantage over the chasing package.
Wout Van Aert of Belgians (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Sep Vanmarcke (Education First First) were also part of the decisive move, but were initially following a series of accelerations.
Gilbert divided the governing group in two with a large excavation of the large five-star Carrefour of an array of black stones within the last 16km.
The Belgian veteran wheel at Sagan and Politt before Vanmarcke and Lampaert closed the gap after Van Aert collapsed back, feeling the toll after an earlier accident in the race.
The Polait was impressive – which was already greatly present in the main break of the day – which put in the next big attack with a remaining cell, and only Gilbert was able to follow.
Mechanical issues eliminated Vanmarcke's chances while Sagan was exhausted early in the abolition of squares, leaving Lampaert as the only rider able to return to return.
But with Gilbert's team mate up the road, Lampaert decided to take the third place – taking his arms on fire and coming home 13 seconds down on the day's winner before he celebrated that wild with his companion in the middle of the velodrome.
Gilbert's fifth victory in the monuments of cycling was his victory in Il Lombardia (2009, 2010), Liege-Bastogne-Liege (2011) and Ronde van Vlaanderen (2017). The 36-year-old boy is only required to win in Milano-Sanremo to ensure the historic net races of one-day races.
Sagan crossed the line for the fourth place 42 seconds down and just before a group of French Senechal brought home. The Deceuninck-QuickStep team dominated the fourth rider in the top Zdenek Stybar in a good day in the office for team manager Patrick Lefevere.
Pre-race favors Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Oliver Naisen (Ag2R-La Mondiale) came home in the hunting group but just outside the top 10 after another fierce battle over 29 sectors and 54.4km of stone stones.
Due to cold temperatures and a strong lottery, it was difficult to get ahead of the hell of the north without a break while relaxing for the best of two hours, despite the fact that it does not move frequently. the road.
The first time racing at an average speed of 45.5km / h, Dane Magnus Cort was very active for Astana after an earlier solo break from his team colleague Kazakhstan Dimiriy Gruzdev.
Former Roubaix Juniors, the Dane Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo) went along with Marco Marcato Italian (Emirates Emirates Team). But the duo's lead did not stretch over 30 seconds before the race returned with 200km left.
Three other Danes in Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb) and another junior winner, Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin), as well as Jurgen Roelandts of Belgium (Movistar) established a lead experience of 40 seconds after 60km.
Again, this move was blocked. Pedersen Trek tried to make it fortunate at least another two before, finally, nine of the riders managed to move significantly after about 80km of weather riding.
Leaders included Belgian Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Frenchman Damien Gaudin (Total-Direct Energie), who finished fifth in 2013.
The break was about 10 seconds with more than a large outlaw, including the Belgian Lamprey champion, the German farm Politt and Matteo Trentin from Italy (Mitchelton-Scott) as the riders hit the first of 29. section cobble by Troisvilles with the peloton no longer 30 seconds back.
Team Sky, Lotto Soudal and Bora-Hansgrohe set the pace on the pack when the race entered the cocktail stage after losing the previous movements after severe winds.
Soon, the two movements combined to create a group of 23 riders with a gap of 50 seconds as the race crossed the second cobbled sector between Briastre and Viesley, dedicated to the late Michael Goolaerts, the Belgian rider who died cardiac. during last year's edition.
With the QuickStep duo Lampaert and Declercq, the European champion Trentin, the French winner, Gaudin and the fellow team member, Adrien Petit, and the old speaker Matti Breschel (Education First First CT) who were involved, kept the strong break. 50-second gap going through the first few sectors.
Back with the package, Alexander Kristoff (Emirates Team Emirates) and Andre Greipel (Arkea Samsic) were punished, and Trentin's place ended when there was a rear apartment in the Sector 26.
It ran for the rest with 120km remaining following the seventh of the transformations, shortly after the package was fitted, and the pulling out of a rider cluster including the Sagan defense champion.
Some good speeds from Senechal, another former junior champion in Paris-Roubaix, split the package and removed some great-name markers, including Sagan, the name Naesen and Norwegian Kristoff, who picked up another picture and which has recently passed.
In wild scenes in front of the five-star cobble sector of the trench Arenberg, Iljo Keisse fell out of Belgium (Deceuninck-QuickStep) after a collision with a signal immediately before the two packages came back together.
On the bad news of Arenberg Trench, the first of the three five-star flanks, he was blocked by Belgian cyclocross star Van Aert, who left Sagan before he joined by Heinrich Haussler (Merida Bahrain) 45 seconds back.
The Stijn Vandenbergh (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Belgian, clearly went into Arenberg forest to keep narrow lead from the 2.3km division as Van Aert followed him backwards.
Van Aert's troubles continued, when he changed his bicycles, he bent on a right loop ahead of the longest part of the transformation at Hornaing. The 24-year-old returned to his bicycle but he had far more than a minute with leaders and had another battle on his hands with unexpected staff cars.
Benoot Beis Beo Colleagues received these treatments personally: the cyclist Lotto Soudal, having worked with Van Aert after his own crash, was taken to the hospital as a result of an alleged collision with a staff car. Van Aert Jumbo-Visma.
With 65km left, a move could become a decisive conclusion when Politt attacked a feed zone and arrived with Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe). Founded and joined the individual leader Wesley Kreder (Wanty-Gobert), the three-25-second gap ahead of the Orchies part of a collage.
When Sagan accelerated Van Aert, Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First) and Lampaert, he concentrated on each other and looked very much at the winning break, especially when the dead wood of Selig last 52km left.
Behind, people like Van Avermaet and Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo) tried to go over each other, but their attacks were consistent with Stybar's patrol, who was defending his two QuickStep team members ahead.
The group extended six Slovak champions, Sagan, German buck Politt and four Belgians in Gilbert, Lampaert, Van Aert and Vanmarcke, who led over one minute with eight flanks to go.
With a little more than 20km left of the break divided into two after acceleration by Gilbert. Sagan and the elders' wheel Politt followed, and the three Belgiums were left behind. Finally, Lampaert dug in, riding clearly with Vanmarcke as Van Aert, who was relying on his earlier accident, seemed to have lapsed.
Meanwhile, the main package was chasing the loss of numbers with Trentin among the giants riders who were far away. Vandenbergh was in charge of the show for team partner Ag2R-La Mondiale, Naesen, but exceeded the gap much more than a minute before the final five-star circular part of the Carrefour of 'Arbre'.
Lampaert and Vanmarcke rejoined the leaders with 18km left but there could have been mechanical mechanisms for his bicycle, which was already riding on EF's First First team Sebastian Langeveld's bicycle.
Sagan, too long, long ago, the defensive champion looking pale imitation on his own post-shock itself from the previous 12 months. As with last year's finish, Gilbert's favorite person led a stranger in Silvan Dillier model into the velodrome before the final show sprint.
Twenty-five-year-old Politt, who finished seventh in his third Roubaix last year, was forced to lead the sprint, as Gilbert landed on the inside of the final to achieve an inevitable victory – the 700th victory. in the history of his team and the 23rd of yet another season.
With only the Milano-Sanremo trophy missing from his cabinet, expect Gilbert and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team to enter into La Primavera in the spring of next year – gave the finalist Julian Alaphilippe, another QuickStep rider , to climb.
Focus now focuses on the Ardennes classes in the building to Liege-Bastogne-Liege on 28 April. With two wins from three Monuments so far this season – and probably the man that Alaphilippe will be part of – we can expect more than that from the team to set down a truly prudent master class in Northern Hell on Sunday.
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