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by Mark Zalewski
April 26, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Felline wins Tour de Romandie opener; French rider Yoann Offredo assaulted while training; Memories of Michele: Scarponi remembered as an entertainer, a motivator and as a warm human being; British Cycling cuts places in podium programme due to funding cuts; Lotto Soudal announces Giro roster; Tour of Britain announces 2017 route; USA Cycling publishes 2016 ‘Race Clean’ report; Eurosport announces new host for Giro, Tour; Former British pro Phil Edwards dies; Jonathan Tiernan-Locke given driving ban for drunk driving; Club rider warns of imitation sunglasses after crash; TRINITIES Part 3: Liège–Bastogne–Liège; Video: Mile 1 – Into the light.
French rider Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) was attacked by two men with a boxcutter knife and baseball bat while training Monday, resulting in a fractured nose and bruising, he reported on his Facebook page.
The assault comes just two days after Italian Michele Scarponi (Astana) was killed by a motorist in a traffic accident near his hometown in Filottrano, Italy.
Offredo, 30, spent the entirety of his pro career with French outfit FDJ, from 2007-2016, before signing with the Belgian squad Wanty-Groupe Gobert for 2017-18. His results include top-1o finishes at Milan-San Remo, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and Paris-Tours. He finished 14th at both the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix this year.
“I was training with two colleagues in the Chevreuse Valley when a car raged very close past us,” Offredo said in a team statement. “Suddenly the driver braked with the intention of letting us crash. I wanted to talk to the driver, but she was ready to get out of the car with a cutter blade. In a reflex I blocked the door of the car. Then the passenger got out of the car and picked up a baseball bat. With that he hit me and afterwards he headbutted me.”
The Wanty-Groupe Gobert statement said that a police complaint was filed, adding that Offredo would be able to continue training for his next race, Four Days of Dunkirk, which starts May 9.
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