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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

Michael Albasini won a wet Romandie stage 1, we have all the reports, results and video from Switzerland. Top Story – The world of cycling says goodbye to Michele Scarponi. In other cycling news: The build-up to the start of the 2017 Giro d’Italia, 2017 Eschborn-Frankfurt, Yoann Offredo attacked while training and Philippe Gilbert has an early return to racing. Big EUROTRASH Thursday coffee time.

TOP STORY: Ciao Michele Scarponi
It was estimated that over 6,000 people attended Michele Scarponi’s funeral service in the Filottrano football stadium and lined the road to the cemetery on Tuesday. His coffin was draped with his Astana team jersey.

Many past and present riders were there to pay their last respects to the man who was know as one of the happiest riders in the pro peloton. Ex rider, TV commentator and Italian National coach Davide Cassani spoke during the service, saying:

“Ciao, Capitano, yesterday I came to see you and I saw the Italian Champion of 1997 (Junior Italian Championship). When you became a professional you made yourself available to Cipollini. You won some nice races, you won a Giro even though you did not feel the pink jersey until the following year.

You’ve always been a captain inside. You have long challenged Nibali to become his gregario. The incredible thing, however, is that you have died as a captain as you have always been. When Nibali won the Tour, there was your signature, you waited for him after first passing through the Colle dell’Agnello and Valverde did not win because it was your fault. Valverde won the Liège-Bastogne-Liège the other day and thought of you and cried because he misses you as all of them do. Today, here is also Peter Sagan, who is world champion, and he is here not as a champion of the world, but because he is your friend and he cries like everyone else.

I’ve never given you the blue jersey (Italian National Team). You had been given one by Ballerini and Bettini, but we talked to you and took you into consideration. I asked you to tell me when you felt ready, but lately you were not and you did not feel able to help the team. Friday we talked and you asked ‘Cassi, how many years do I have to race still?’. And I told you: ‘Next year at the Innsbruck World championships I need someone like you.’ You laughed and said yes.

I greet you on behalf of the group, we lost the best man in our family. You always had the smile and you always managed to play things down. You are and you will always be our captain. And I bring you the blue jersey, which is not a gift, but an acknowledgment for everything you’ve done. You in the World Championships will be one of us. Yesterday I called Eddy Merckx for his condolences to you and your family. You did not win as much as he did, but for how you worked and for your seriousness you were just like him.”

Marco Scarponi, Michele’s brother also spoke at the service: “I like to think that there are not only muscles in my brother’s legs. When it comes to two thousand feet, with no one near, when it counts only his strength, one percent of those muscles move from the legs to Michele’s eyes and becomes HISTORY written in uppercase. In his legs there is a piece of cycling history.”

Amongst the crowd were World champion Peter Sagan, Fabio Aru, Dario Cataldo, Vincenzo Nibali, Gilberto Simoni, Ivan Basso, Alexander Vinokourov and Enrico Gasparotto who was due to ride the Tour de Romandie that day.

Goodbye Michele:

Tour de Romandie 2017
Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) won the Tour de Romandie Prologue on Tuesday and answered his disappointment of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the best way possible. Felline completed the wet 4.8-kilometer time trial in Aigle in a time of 5 minutes and 57 seconds, two seconds ahead of the day’s final starter Alex Dowsett (Movistar) and seven seconds quicker than Alexander Edmondson (Orica-Scott).

Felline was the 52nd rider to start, and after setting the fastest time at the intermediate split, he sprinted across the line at the top of the leaderboard. With still 100 riders to come, he settled into the hot seat for a long wait.

With most GC contenders not willing to take risks on the slippery course, and others unable to match Felline’s strong performance, rider after rider failed to unseat the Italian, whose good form went unrewarded until today. When Dowsett, the final rider to start and one favored to win the short race against the clock, passed the intermediate point in the same time as Felline, the first day of Romandie turned into a nerve-wracking finish. However, Dowsett stopped the clock two seconds slower, and Felline celebrated his first win of the year.

Aigle - Suisse - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Fabio FELLINE (Italy  / Team Trek Segafredo)  pictured during 71st Tour de Romandie (2.UWT) - prologue- photo Rene Vigneron/Cor Vos © 2017

Prologue winner and overall leader, Fabio felline (Trek-Segafredo): “This victory is for Scarponi. I also want to dedicate this to another family close to me who one week before Scarponi also went through the same situation. For me, the last 10 days have not been easy. I never expected this victory. This is the biggest victory of this season for me, and I needed this win for a lot of reasons. It has been two months that I have always been in the front [of races], always with the good riders, but always I missed the results. This victory is for sure a good present for me, and for the team. On Sunday a lot of people were asking me what I thought of the story of Scarponi and when I started Liege I thought maybe I could do a good result in his honor. In the end, it was not Sunday; it was today.”

2nd, Alex Dowsett (Movistar): “Close but no cigar. One of those courses where everyone likely ballsed up at least one corner, mine was the last. Nicely done Fabio Felline.”

Orica-Scott DS, Neil Stephens: “Alex [Edmondson] rode really well today, he did a video recon before, he checked the race profiles and trained on the course so he was well prepared. I think it will be the first of many WorldTour podiums, he is a very talented bike rider so I think we will see more from him. It was raining a lot at the start. We and other team’s chose to put certain riders at the start as we expected to have the best weather but in fact it turned out to be the worst. However in all reality the winner Felline also had wet conditions, so hats off to him he had tough conditions and still took the victory.”

30th, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “I am happy how the Tour de Romandie started for me. My legs felt good, time trials are not my strong point. Compared to the other GC contenders my time is quite good. Normally I always feel good after a hard week of racing like last week. Now we’ll take the race day by day, but I am confident that I can move up in the GC on the next hard stages.”

Tour de Romandie Prologue Result:
1. Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo in 5:57
2. Alex Dowsett (GB) Movistar at 0:02
3. Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-Scott at 0:07
4. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 0:08
5. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:08
6. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:09
7. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky at 0:10
8. Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC at 0:10
9. Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ at 0:11
10. Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:11.

Tour de Romandie Overall After The Prologue:
1. Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo in 5:57
2. Alex Dowsett (GB) Movistar at 0:02
3. Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-Scott at 0:07
4. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 0:08
5. Victor Campenaerts (Bel) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:08
6. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:09
7. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky at 0:10
8. Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC at 0:10
9. Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ at 0:11
10. Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:11.

Romandie prologue:

Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) took the Stage 1 victory, 2nd went to Diego Ulissi (UAE Emirates) and Jesus Herrada (Movistar) placed 3rd as Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) extended his overall lead to 8 seconds as Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) moved in to second place on the same time as Jesus Herrada (Movistar) in 3rd.

It was yet another wet and cold day of racing in Switzerland as the peloton took on the 173km stage from Aigle to Champery. The main challenge of the stage came in the form of 5 categorized climbs. Sander Armée (Lotto Soudal) and Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) escaped and were joined by Marcus Burghardt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Matbey Mamykin (Katusha-Alpecin), Oliveiro Troia (UAE Team Emirates) and Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) to make up the days break.

The gap to the peloton grew steadily to 9 minutes before LottoNL-Jumbo started to put any real effort into the chase. When the race reached the final 40km, it looked for a moment like the break would make it, but unfortunately the unfavorable wind would be to the detriment of the attackers. Reaching the final 14km climb of the stage with a minute’s lead, Mekseb Debesay attacked his counterparts on 3 occasions, but Sander Armee could respond each time.

With 6.5km to go, Debesay and Armee were caught and the stage was wide open again, as they climbed up to Champery fresh attacks started. With 3km to go there was a dangerous move that contained the likes of Tejay Van Garderen (BMC), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), but it all came back together though as a peloton of 60 riders charged toward the line on a very wet road.

Movistar)  pictured during 71st Tour de Romandie (2.UWT) stage 1 fr

Stage winner and 9th overall, Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott): “It is a great victory today. It was not easy to win today coming straight from the classics as that was a big goal and it takes a lot of mental energy. I really needed to focus coming to this race to suffer and to fight. It is Romandie so it is important I can come here and race well, so I am very happy that I could take the win today. I wasn’t so confident for today’s stage but I told myself if I can be there at the end in Liege-Bastogne-Liege after 4,000 meters of climbing then why can’t I be able to be here over the climbs today. I tried to fight and stay in the bunch and it worked out to be even better than I thought so I am really happy with that.”

4th on the stage, Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data): “First of all, I want to say thank you to the whole team. Everyone was really good today and the guys helped me and Merhawi a lot. I am really happy to have finished fourth but I think I started my sprint a little bit too late today. The positive news is we are riding well and there are more stages coming up where we can get a good result.”

5th on the stage, Chris Froome (Sky): “It was more about being in the front end of things today and coming into the last couple of kilometers I felt I had a bit more to give. I was happy just to be up there and not to have lost any time and I’m thankful to have stayed dry for most of the stage otherwise it could have been quite a miserable day out there! The guys rode really well and Gianni (Moscon) is looking really good, (David) Lopez was up there as well on the final climb and Pete (Kennaugh) too. It was a day for us to tick off before we get to the bigger days this weekend.”

18th overall, Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): “It wasn’t exceptional hard today, just the temperature is sometimes a problem on a day like this. You always need to eat enough, that’s important in this weather conditions. My legs were good again. Lukas, Schwarzi and Pfingsti took care of me in the flat. In the end Pawel was with me and we stayed always in front of the group to be able to counter any attacks. All in all it was a day without anything special.”

Tour de Romandie Stage 1 Result:
1. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott in 4:33:10
2. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
3. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar
4. Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data
5. Christopher Froome (GB) Sky
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana
7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb
8. David De La Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors
9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar
10. Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale.

Tour de Romandie Overall After Stage 1:
1. Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo in 4:39:07
2. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 0:08
3. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar
4. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:09
5. Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:12
6. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors
7. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:13
8. Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar
9. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott at 0:14
10. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar.

Romandie stage 1:

Giro d’Italia 2017
The first Grand Tour of 2017, the Giro d’Italia, starts a week on Friday, the 5th of May. The course for the ‘Giro100’ takes in most of Italy from the start in Sardinia, to Sicily and then all the way up Italy to finish in Milan on Sunday the 28th.

2017 Giro d’Italia Route:

The Riders to Watch at the Giro 100: The Stage Hunters
Today we introduce some of the potential protagonists at the Giro 100 who will try to fight for one or more stage wins of this historic edition with solo attacks, long distance breakaways and finisseur efforts: here are the stage hunters.

Stage hunters will have many opportunities along the route that will take the Carovana Rosa from the start of the first stage in Alghero to the finish line in Milan. On stage 2, from Olbia to Tortolì in Sardinia the route has many ups and downs that could be the launch pad for the bravest wheels. Another interesting day is stage 6, from Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane, where the last 2km climb averages a 5.3% gradient, hitting slopes of 5 to 10% in the final km. Here, stage hunters might be able to get away.

Stage 8, from Molfetta to Peschici, could also provide an interesting opportunity for the riders with good legs and the right touch of bravery to escape from the peloton. In the last week of the race, stage 17 from Tirano to Canazei features the Aprica, Tonale and Giovo climbs, which may be fertile ground for long breakaway attempt by the stages hunters.

Some of the stages hunters to watch out for at the Rose Race are:

Alto Colorado - Argentina - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA (Portugal/ Team Abu Dhabi) pictured during Vuelta a San Juan 2017 - 35th Edition - stage 5 - Alto Colorado - photo IB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017

Rui Costa (POR – UAE Team Emirates). After participating in eight consecutive Tours de France without starting any other Grand Tour, the former world champion crowned in Florence in 2013 will embark on this year’s Giro d’Italia with the aim of winning stages for his UAE-registered team. As an indicator of form, the Portuguese took the overall victory in the first WorldTour ranked Abu Dhabi Tour in February.

Talking about the Giro 100, Rui Costa said: “I am very happy to be at the start of the Giro d’Italia for the first time in my career. The Giro is a fantastic race in a beautiful country, and it is really exciting to ride it in its 100th edition. The route of the Giro 100 has several stages with characteristics that suit me well; I have always liked go hunting for stages, and it would be great to win one or more stages of the Corsa Rosa. A stage victory in the 100th edition has a special value, even more special for me, considering it will be my first Giro.”

Laigueglia - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Filippo Pozzato (ITA - Wilier Selle Italia) pictured during 54th Trofeo Laigueglia (1.HC) from Laigueglia to Laigueglia (192.5k) - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017

Filippo Pozzato (ITA – Wilier Triestina). Finishing eighth in the Tour of Flanders, the Italian shows no decline in either motivation and competitiveness at the age of 35. Pozzato wants to celebrate the Giro 100 in flamboyant style by winning a stage, as he last managed to do in 2010 in Porto Recanati.

Filippo Pozzato said: “I have great ambitions ahead of this Giro d’Italia, it is an honor for me to take part in the Giro 100, as it is for all the Italian riders. My objective is to come away with a victory, maybe the result of a long distance break. I know there are two or three stages where I could do something. My team, one of the two Italian teams riding the Giro, is really confident in my potential.”

Madrid - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Adam Hansen (Team Lotto Soudal) pictured during La Vuelta 2015 Stage 21 from Alcala de Henares to Madrid - photo Sabine Jacob/Cor Vos © 2015

Adam Hansen (AUS – Lotto-Soudal). The Australian has raced and completed all three Grand Tours – sixteen in total – since the 2011 Vuelta a España, making him a record holder for many years to come. Hansen’s aim for 2017 is winning a stage at the Giro as he did in Pescara in 2013.

Adam Hansen said: “I am very excited on the eve of this Giro. I have done countless Giros but to me it feels I am more excited than any other riders who will be at the start, not only because this is the 100th edition of the Giro, but just because it is the Giro!”

“I feel I am in the best shape of the last three years, and my objective is to try to win a stage, maybe going in the break. The team’s main aim is to win a stage with André [Greipel], but in other stages we have riders that can go in the break and try to win. I hope our team will be active in most of the stages, as that gives us more chances to win one or more.”

Liege - Belgium  - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Enrico BATTAGLIN (Italy / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)  pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2017 - UCI Worldtour - foto  Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos ¨© 2017

Enrico Battaglin (ITA – Team Lotto NL-Jumbo). Having already won two stages at the Giro – in 2013 and 2014 – Battaglin, a complete rider, will try to support his captain Steven Kruijswijk in winning the GC, while at the same time trying to find space to win a stage. One potential opportunity for victory is in the very same finale in Oropa where the Italian won three years ago.

Enrico Battaglin said: “Our team goes to the Giro to win it. We know our strength as we showed it last year – we want the Maglia Rosa. Anyway I believe there will be space for us to attack and try to win stages, if the team will allow me, either from breakaways or contesting some finales. I’ve seen very interesting stages since the early days and it seems there’s a lot of room to create attacks.”

Liege - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Davide FORMOLO (Italy / Cannondale Drapac Professsional Cycling Team) pictured during Liege - Bastogne - Liege 2017 - UCI Worldtour - foto VK/PN/Cor Vos ¨®¨© 2017

Davide Formolo (ITA – Cannondale-Drapac). Stage 4 in the 2015 Giro d’Italia was his first – and only – pro victory to date, but his physical maturation gives his fans hope of more to follow. Aged 24, Cannondale-Drapac’s young Italian is the kind of talent who could break away from a star studded peloton in hilly or mountainous stages.

The first team line-ups are starting to come in, here are the first:

Lotto Soudal: Line-up Giro d’Italia
Today, Lotto Soudal can announce the nine riders that will take the start of the one hundredth Giro d’Italia for the team. The first Grand Tour of the year kicks off on Friday 5 May on the Italian island Sardinia and finishes on Sunday 28 May in Milan.

André Greipel (34) won three Giro stages last year, in his entire career he has won six Giro stages. In his fifth Giro ever, the German champion aims for another stage victory. Moreno Hofland (25) will ride his third consecutive Giro, the first one in Lotto Soudal shirt.

For Bart De Clercq (30) it is the third Giro participation as well, after a four-year break. In 2011, Bart won the sixth stage to Montevergine di Mercogliano, as a neo-pro. With Maxime Monfort (34) a second Belgian climber is part of the Lotto Soudal line-up. It is his fifth Giro. The past years, Maxime each time finished on top fifteen of the overall ranking: fourteenth in 2014, eleventh in 2015 and fifteenth in 2016. In the mountains, Bart and Maxime can rely on the support of Tomasz Marczynski (33), who already stood at the start of the Giro 2012.

Sean De Bie (25) will also start his second Giro next Friday, the second Grand Tour in his career. Last year, Sean sprinted to the fifth place in Turin at the end of the last stage. Jasper De Buyst (23) makes his Giro début, after he rode his first Grand Tour in 2015, that was the Vuelta.

Lars Bak (37) is more experienced in riding Grand Tours. This Giro will be his seventeenth Grand Tour and the ninth Giro. In 2012, Lars triumphed in Sestri Levante, where the eleventh stage finished. Last, but not least there’s Adam Hansen (almost 36). For the Aussie it will be the 24th Grand Tour in his career, the seventeenth consecutive Grand Tour that he can complete and his ninth Giro. In 2013, Adam won the seventh stage in Pescara.

Line-up Lotto Soudal:
Lars Bak, Sean De Bie, Jasper De Buyst, Bart De Clercq, André Greipel, Adam Hansen, Moreno Hofland, Tomasz Marczynski and Maxime Monfort.
Sports directors: Bart Leysen and Frederik Willems.

André Greipel:
Bourg-de-Péage - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Andre GREIPEL (Germany / Team Lotto Soudal) pictured during stage 5 of Paris - Nice UCI World Tour from Quincié-en-Beaujolais to Bourg-de-Péage, 199.50 km - foto: NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Bora-Hansgrohe 2017 Giro d’Italia team
Line-up 100th Giro d’Italia:
Jan Barta, Cesare Benedetti, Sam Bennett, Patrick Konrad, José Mendes, Gregor Mühlberger, Matteo Pelucchi, Lukas Pöstlberger, Rudi Selig
Sport directors: Jens Zemke & Christian Pömer.

2017 Eschborn-Frankfurt: All the Sprint Stars will be There
Eschborn-Frankfurt is now a well-established German tradition, with a good number of events for all age categories throughout the day. It is a celebration of cycling that rolls through Frankfort each May 1st. But this year, the main event race has reached a new level in receiving World Tour status. This promotion has made it possible to attract 11 top level teams, who bring with them some of the fastest riders in the professional peloton.

This will be the first participation for world champion Peter Sagan, who will return to competition after his spring classic campaign during which he would have liked to be more successful. In finishing outside the top 25 in the two cobbled classics, Sagan wants to return to his winning ways as soon as possible. But he will have to be in tip top shape to beat the numerous German riders. Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb and Andre Greipel will all be out to end Germany’s six-year victory draught. The golden generation of German sprinting hasn’t triumphed in Eschborn-Frankfurt since the victory of John Degenkolb in 2011.

While Eschborn-Frankfurt is traditionally a race for sprinters, you can’t overlook the difficulty of the route. With 215.7 kilometers and 2,210 meters of elevation gain, this race is far from being as easy as its records suggest. The Mammolshain climb (with 200m at 23%) will be repeated four times and its final passage will be situated at less than 30 kilometers from the finish, which will be enough to give the classic regulars ideas. If the flow of the race follows the trend of other one-day races held this season, the battle between the favorites could start much earlier than usual.

Riders such as local star Tony Martin, Oliver Naesen, Jasper Stuyven or even Dylan van Baarle, who are slower on paper, could upset the apple cart in breaking away early. In the case of a mass sprint, Michael Matthews, Sam Bennett, Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff will be without question among the riders to watch alongside the trio of German sprinters and the Slovak world champion. The Norwegian rider of the Katusha-Alpecin team will no doubt be motivated by the idea of winning for third consecutive year.

Key points
For its 56th edition, Eschborn-Frankfurt will celebrate its inclusion on the World Tour calendar. For this occasion, the world’s top riders will be ready for the start on May 1.

Ø Alexander Kristoff, winner of the last two editions, will try to tie the record of Erik Zabel in lifting his arms in joy for the third time on the German classic

20 teams, the main contenders

Lotto-Soudal: Greipel (Ger), Sieberg (Ger)
Quick-Step Floors: Kittel (Ger), Gaviria (Col), Vakoc (Cze)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Van Hecke (Bel)
Veranda’s Willems-Crelan: Bille (Bel)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert: Dehaes (Bel), Napolitano (Ita)
WB Veranclassic Aquality Protect: Jules (Fra)

AG2R La Mondiale: Naesen (Bel), Bakelants (Bel), Vandenbergh (Bel)

Bora-Hansgrohe: Sagan (Svk), Bennett (Irl)
Team Sunweb: Matthews (Aus), Arndt (Ger)
German National Team: Freienstein (Ger), Holler (Ger)

Aqua Blue Sport : Howard (Aus)

Team Lotto NL-Jumbo: Lobato (Esp), Tankink (Ned)
Roompot Nederlandse Loterij: Mouris (Ned)

CCC Sprandi Polkowice: Paterski (Pol)

Gazprom-Rusvelo: Lagutin (Rus), Porsev (Rus)

Team Katusha-Alpecin: Kristoff (Nor), Martin (Ger), Zabel (Ger)

United Arab Emirates:
UAE Team Emirates: Guardini (Ita), Marcato (Ita)

United States:
BMC Racing Team: Elmiger (Che), Drucker (Lux)
Cannondale Drapac: Vanmarcke (Bel), Langeveld (Bel), Van Baarle (Ned)
Trek-Segafredo: Degenkolb (Ger), Nizzolo (Ita), Stuyven (Bel)

2016 Eschborn-Frankfurt:

Yoann Offredo Shocked After Violence
Yoann Offredo was victim of senseless violence during a training ride on Monday afternoon. The French rider, who lives in the Paris region, was doing a ride with two companions when a motorist and his passenger aggressed him. A complaint was filed. Offredo can continue his training and will normally resume competition as scheduled in Four Days of Dunkirk (9-14/05).

Yoann Offredo:
“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. 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 from the suitcase. With that he hit me and afterwards he head-butted me. The police then intervened. A dossier was opened and a complaint filed. I suffer from pain on the nose, on a rib and suffer from several bruises. I still have to go to the hospital to let determine the suffered damage. 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.”

Yoann Offredo:
Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert 2017

Good News for Philippe Gilbert
The Belgian Champion will return to action this week-end.

The first rider in decades to win a cobbled classic and an Ardennes one in the same season, Philippe Gilbert has received good news from the doctors, who gave him green light to start training again. The Ronde van Vlaanderen and Amstel Gold Race champion has been forced to miss Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège due to a kidney tear, and today he returned to training, on the home rollers.

Quick-Step Floors’ rider will make his first appearance in two weeks this Saturday, at Zilvermeer, which plays host to the “Tom says Thanks” event, where Tom Boonen will race in front of his fans, together with Philippe, Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan, Michal Kwiatkowski, and many other big names of the peloton. Then, one day later, the Belgian Champion will line up at the start of the race he organizes, the “Philippe Gilbert Classic”, in the Belgian municipality of Aywaille.

An update on Philippe Gilbert’s new racing schedule will be made in the following days.

Philippe Gilbert:
Valkenburg - Netherlands - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Philippe GILBERT (Belgium / Team Quick Step - Floors) pictured during the Amstel Gold Race 2017 - foto Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2017

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