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Yoann Offredo is an experienced French cyclist, who has raced in the professional peloton since 2006. He spent a decade with FDJ, where he finished in the top ten of a handful of classics and served as a domestique for the teamā€™s stars. Heā€™s racing for Belgian team Wanty Groupe-Gobert and he wrapped up a very successful classics season, finishing 14th at both Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.

This morning, Offredo posted an account of being assaulted while on a training ride, and he included some disturbing photos of the damage. He said that an assailant attacked him with a baseball bat and a ā€œbladed weaponā€ of some sort. There was a lot of blood.Ā 

Offredo said that he also suffered a broken nose and damage to his ribs. The assault came just days after Italian pro Michele Scarponi was killed during a training ride near his home by an oblivious van driver. Perhaps the saddest part of the post comes towards the end, when a resigned Offredo writes that he wonā€™t encourage his kids to ride their bikes (translation via

ā€œIā€™m not angry, I am just sad to realize that this beautiful sport that I love, I donā€™t want my kids to practice it ā€¦ itā€™s too dangerous.



h/t Bill