Duo lead line at Paris-Roubaix

14 Apr 2019

Duo lead line at Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix, 257km

Dylan van Baarle and Luke Rowe led the Team Sky charge during a flat-out and thrilling edition of Paris-Roubaix.
The duo found themselves in the race’s lead group heading into the final 60 kilometres, before a number of attacks saw the front of the race splinter.
Van Baarle took 20th in the famous Roubaix Velodrome, one minute and 40 seconds back on victor Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step). The Belgian had bridged across to the attack of German Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and out-sprinted his rival on the home straight.
Rowe did well to battle back from a puncture and wheel change following the Arenberg sector, quickly moving back into the lead group where he joined Van Baarle. Yet the Welshman would see a good run ended late on after dropping his chain.
Servais Knaven

Servais Knaven

I think it was one of the toughest Roubaix editions in years. It never slowed down.

- Luke Rowe
“Me and Dylan were in the front the whole day. Time after time we put ourselves in the right position entering each cobbled section. Despite only having two of us in that group we rode well together. I attacked and then the very next move was the one that went away. 
“It was another frustrating moment in the section before Carrefour. I was top 10 and I lost my chain. I had to stop and it was gone. I’d have been there or thereabouts racing those guys but I had to see 30 guys ride past me. It is what it is. It would have been nice to race right to the end to try and get a top 10. I think it was doable.”

- Servais Knaven
“There was a big group up the road just before the first sector of cobbles. From there the race was super fast as a number of teams, including us, missed that move. We were riding and so were a few other teams. There were around 170km of full gas racing and I think it was one of the toughest Roubaix editions in years. It never slowed down. At the end you could see on the final cobbles everyone was so tired.
“Dylan and Luke were always in a good position. With 50km to go we started to lose a bit of control of the race when the different moves went. The first one with Gilbert and Politt, and the second one with Sagan. We weren’t able to get into those moves and the group behind was one minute down. Towards the end everyone was really empty.”

A breakaway took a long time to form at the Queen of the Classics, with Owain Doull and Christian Knees covering the early moves.
When the peloton eventually split Ian Stannard found himself on the wrong side, and despite the front group coming back together before the Arenberg the Brit was eventually distanced. Gianni Moscon was also unlucky to be held up by a crash.
Van Baarle and Rowe hit the front on the Haveluy a Wallers and Arenberg sectors respectively, before the decisive move went. Six riders combined up front, with the gap quickly spinning out to a minute. 
Accelerations in the final sectors saw Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First) distanced, with Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) claiming the final podium place.
Final result:

1. Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 5:58:02
2. Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) s.t.
3. Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +13"
4. Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First) +40"
5. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) +42"
20. Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) +1:40"
31. Luke Rowe (Team Sky) +4:25"