French cyclist Yoann Offredo 'assaulted with baseball bat'

Yoann Offredo 'assaulted with baseball bat'

24/04/2017 at 21:33Updated 24/04/2017 at 22:59

Wanty-Gobert cyclist Yoann Offredo says he suffered a broken nose and severe bruising after being assaulted by attackers who came at him with a box cutter and baseball bat.

The Frenchman took to Facebook to post pictures of himself, with bloody marks on his face and a nasty injury to his arm following the incident which occurred on a training ride.

The 30-year-old, who was 14th at both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix this month, wrote he had "a broken nose, a rib in a sorry state and bruises all over the body".

There were no other details given about the incident but he added: "On top of the physical injuries, I'm above all shocked."

"I'm not angry, I'm just sad to say that I hope my children don't take up this great sport that I love, I don’t want my kids to practise it … it’s too dangerous.

" You leave in the morning to go training but never know if you'll be coming back."

"I’m just sad to realise, that in this country [France] of the Rights of Man, the rights of cyclists are ignored.”