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French pro Yoann Offredo fined after having nose broken in road rage incident

Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider was left bloodied and battered after incident in April

French professional cyclist Yoann Offredo has been fined by a court following a road rage incident near Paris in April which left him with injuries including a broken nose.

The 31-year-old Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider was given a suspended fine of €400 last week by a court in Evry, reports L’Equipe.

Offredo, who earlier in the month had finished 14th at both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, was out training with two other riders in the Essonne department when the incident happened in April.

According to a statement from his team at the time, a driver made a close pass on the trio before braking suddenly and an altercation ensued.

> Details emerge of attack that left French pro Yoann Offredo with broken nose

In the statement from the Belgian team, Offredo said: “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.”

As well as a broken nose, he also sustained bruising and an injury to his ribs when a passenger in the vehicle attacked him with a wooden implement reported to be similar to a baseball bat.

However, judges presiding over the case deemed Offredo partly to blame and also fined him an additional €300 in damages and interest.

One of the other cyclists was given a suspended fine of €200 while the two occupants of the vehicle were handed suspended fines of €700.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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