Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider speaks out about Monday's attack

Yoann Offredo has spoken out about the attack that left him with bloodied and bruised while out on a training ride on Monday.

In a statement on the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team website, the Frenchman gave details about the attack which he said took place on the roads to the south west of Paris.

“I was training with two colleagues in the Chevreuse valley when a car sped past very close to us. Suddenly the driver braked with the intention of making us crash,” Offredo explained.

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“I wanted to talk to the driver, but she was ready to get out of the car with a box cutter. In a reflex I blocked the door of the car. Then the passenger got out of the car and picked up a baseball bat from the boot.

“With that he hit me and afterwards he headbutted me. The police then intervened. A case was opened and a complaint filed.”

Offredo posted graphic images of his injuries on Monday night, and gave more details about his condition in the statement.

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“I suffer from pain on the nose, on a rib and suffer from several bruises. I still have to go to the hospital to let determine the suffered damage.

“I am particularly shocked. I have been in cycling for 15 years and I have never experienced such a thing. Verbal aggression often occurs, but most of them stop there.”

According to the team, the 30-year-old will rest at home while he recovers from his injuries, but should return to racing at the Four Days of Dunkirk which commences on May 9.