Yoann Offredo speaks out about ‘senseless’ road rage attack that left him bloodied and bruised

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.

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“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.