The Paris Roubaix this year has had its fair share of falls and one of the spectacular falls was suffered by Yoann Offredo, the co-leader of FDJ. Offredo was moving along fast and had turned his head back when he crashed into a warning sign while he was more or less at the middle of the stretch. After the crash, Offredo was flung right on the tarmac and suffered pretty nasty injuries.
Talking about Offredo’s fall, Marc Madiot, the directeur sportif of FDJ said, “The accident occurred at the back of the peloton. Offredo had requested for a change of bikes and before I could arrive he failed to see that the peloton separated on either side of the island and he crashed into the warning sign in full speed. Offredo has sustained injuries on his knees, ribs and chin. He stopped like that….”
Taking to his Twitter account, Offredo write, “A second of inattention…Broken fingers/scratched chin/but the morale is especially damaged”
FDJ is however, yet to announce how long Offredo will have to sit out due to the injuries that he suffered.
The other hope for FDJ at the Paris Roubaix, Matthieu Ladagnous suffered a crash with another 60km of the stretch remaining while he was in the front pack. Ladagnous suffered a fall after a rider in front of him fell. The fall injured Ladagnous’ left leg and he had no choice but to abandon the race.
Madiot said that the team could not have imagined such misfortunate. Following the falls, FDJ’s best rider is Johan Le Bon at the 26th position and 3:17 down on Fabian Cancellara, the winner.
Speaking to the media, Le Bon seemed pragmatic about his and his team’s performance. He said that he finished and this will serve him in the future but the overall situation is pretty sad for the team.