Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider Yoann Offredo was brutally assaulted by two men on a training ride today and suffered a broken nose and bruises all over his body amongst other injuries.
The French rider, who earlier this month finished 14th at both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, revealed the details of the assault, saying that the attackers had used a baseball bat and knife during the attack.
“When I started cycling, I did not know that my life might be at risk. I was the victim of an attack with a knife and a baseball bat during a training session with two friends.”
“In addition to physical injuries, I am particularly shocked. “I’m not angry, I’m just sad to find that this beautiful sport that I like, I do not want my kids to practice … too dangerous”
“You’re leaving in the morning for training, but you never know if you’re gonna come home.”
More to follow…