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Yoann Offredo : I want to be at the start of the Tour de France

Yesterday Yoann Offredo could ride his bike for the first time since his crash in GP de Denain (1.HC, 24/03). The Frenchman went back home last Tuesday (26/03) and recovered well. He enjoyed some days home to read the many support messages following his crash, which provoked a temporary tetraplegia. Our Wanty Gobert rider do not suffer any lesion nor fracture, and could train again on Wednesday. The 32 years-old rider wants to be back in race soon and to be at the start of the next Tour de France in Brussels.

Yoann Offredo :

It took a while to get a good feeling, but the evolution was promising and the doctors allowed me to recover home. I recovered bit by bit and now I am able to use my limb and to speak quite normally. I want to thank the Emergency unit, our team doctor Jelle Van Nieuwenhuyze and our sports director Steven De Neef who supported me in CHRU Lille.

The many support messages I received were heart-warming. I crashed a few times in my career but I always picked myself again. It will not be different, whenever the mental and physical recovery will not be easy. Yesterday (Wednesday), I was able to ride my bike again and it went quite well.

I want to show what I am able to do on the bike more than ever. Last year, I broke my ribs at the end of April. This year, I am one month in advance (smile). An athlete must be able to bounce back. My team Wanty-Gobert helps me perfectly to achieve my goal. The first medical was very alarming because they were speaking about tetraplegia. My life could have changed dramatically so I want to enjoy the capacities I still have. I want to keep riding my bike and I want the be at the Grand Dpart of the next Tour de France. Cycling is more than a sport. I became aware of it when Loc Vliegen and David Boucher stopped after my crash to support me.

::Team Wanty-Gobert - Press Release::

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