Just before his 34th birthday, Yoann Offredo announced the end of his sportive career. A forced end, due to irreversible injuries after his bad crash at the GP Denain in March 2019. The French rider recovered from a temporary tetraplegia before participating in his third Tour de France with Wanty-Gobert. It would be his last Tour, because an ankle operation would make irreversible damage. Offredo started 2020 full confidence and motivation, but it became soon clear that his ankle couldn't bear the succession of races. The Omloop het Nieuwsblad, a race in which he just missed the podium in 2011, was the last race of his cycling career, on February 29th. During his 13 years as a pro, Offredo also took 3rd in Plouay, 7th in Milan-San Remo and 14th at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. At the end of his fourth season with Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans, the resident of Monthléry received the confirmation about the impossibility to continue sports at high level. The loyal ambassador of Bière des Amis can now start his reconversion, for example as a consultant for France Télévisions, where he covered the latest Tour de France.
« I wanted to announce the end of my career in order to thank fans and people who surrounded me, but I wasn't capable of doing it. If you’re used to train 30 hours per week, and from one day to another you can’t walk anymore, it isn’t easy. Not physically, but also not mentally. I miss painful legs, being cold, being tired. It is still impossible to practice sports, so I’m forced to rest. I’m busy with other activities now, like meetings with the UCI concerning the safety of races, recordings of the sports programme Stade 2, and I’ll be supporting two amateur teams. »
« I wanted to find a new goal in life, that's why I decided to finish my studies. In September, I'll start a master in Political Sciences, option Journalism. I'll still be present in the cycling world, but I realized that it will be at the other side of the fence. I met a lot of business leaders during my time with Circus-Wanty Gobert and I have a good relationship with these partners of the team. Some of them contacted me about my future. So even though I’m leaving Circus-Wanty Gobert, I’ll always be in touch with the team. »
« Cycling has brought me so much, both suffering and beautiful memories. For example, I remember very well winning the combativity award in Liège at the beginning of my first Tour de France with Wanty-Gobert, in front of all fans and partners of the team. I want to thank FDJ and Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans for the nice years! »
Jean-François Bourlart (general manager):
« I want to thank Yoann for his involvement in the team the past couple of years. I remember his performances at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix during his first classics campaign in our team, in 2017, but also his breakaways and offensive spirit on the roads of the Tour de France. We could always count on the courageous rider with charming character, on and off the bike. The French rider was definitely one of the essential actors in the development of the team. I’m convinced that a nice ‘second’ career is awaiting him after his life as a pro cyclist. I wish him a lot of success. »