Well, just caught the highlights. What a mental race. Chapeau to Gilbert on winning with one of the most aggressive solo rides I've seen in De Ronde since Cancellara a few years ago and his 50km attack.
Honestly don't think he'd have stayed away if Sagan, GVA and Nassen hadn't crashed, but you play the cards you're dealt. He attacked early and deserved the win (also pulled incredibly hard on the front of the peloton with 100km to go as the bunch ride towards the Oude Kwaremont for the first time, so was obviously on a great day).
Poor Vanmarcke, that was a heavy crash. there were a lot of crashes in the race, more so than usual, and the race was sculpted by it.
Anyway, roll on next Sunday and Paris-Roubaix (I'm working and will miss this too)