French rider Yoann Offredo was viciously attacked by two men on a training ride today and suffered a broken nose and bruises all over his body amongst other injuries.
The Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider, who finished in 14th place in both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix recently, provided details of the assault on his Facebook page revealing that his assailants 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,” the 30 year-old stated. “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 that this beautiful sport that I love, I don’t 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.”