French pro cyclist attacked with baseball bat while training

A professional cyclist has taken to Facebook to describe how he was assaulted by attackers wielding a baseball bat and box cutter while out on a training ride Monday in France.

Yoann Offredo — a French cyclist for the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team — wrote on Facebook that he was out riding with two friends Monday when he was jumped by two attackers that had sped past him in a car. In his Facebook post, he reports that he suffered a broken nose and bruised ribs in the attack.

“I was training with two colleagues in the Chevreuse valley when a car raged very close past us. Suddenly the driver braked with the intention of letting us crash,” the 30-year-old Offredo said in a team statement on the incident. “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,” Offredo continued. “Then the passenger got out of the car and picked up a [baseball bat] from the suitcase. With that he hit me and afterwards he headbutted me.”

In the statement, Offredo says that he had filed a complaint with the police following the attack, and says he’s never experienced such aggression from a motorist in his 15 years of riding. In his Facebook post, he said his biggest regret from the attack is the fact that he no longer feels like road cycling is a safe sport to teach his children.

“I’m just sad to find that this beautiful sport that I like, I do not want my kids to practice … too dangerous,” Offredo wrote, according to a Facebook translation of his post. “You leave for training in the morning, but you never know if you’re going home.”

In the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team statement, it says that while Offredo is not riding right now, he should be back on his bike in time for his next scheduled competition, the upcoming Four Days of Dunkirk race in May.

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