In the margin of Binche-Chimay-Binche Yoann Offredo has extended his contract at Wanty-Groupe Gobert on Tuesday morning at the headquarters of our main sponsor Wanty in Binche. Also in 2018 and 2019 our team will be able to count on the services of the 30-year-old Frenchman. In the spring of 2017 Offredo finished 14th in Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix. He also gave colour to the the recent Tour de France with several breakaways for which he received the prize of combativity in the second stage to Liège. Offredo suffers from tendinitis and will no more race in 2017.
"I am a loyal person, both in love and in sports. After many years at FDJ, an extended stay at Wanty-Groupe Gobert seemed a logical continuation because I understand the team's way of working. When I signed here there was a risk on multiple levels. It was a jump in the unknown. Eventually it was a success and I even discovered another version of myself. Someone who is capable of setting goals and achieving them: learning a new language, riding a Grand Tour, ... I've already had a lot of fun here. "
"I want to remain faithful to the famial values of Wanty-Groupe Gobert, a team without pressure. The team started small and already achieved participation in the Tour. She has a big French talent with Guillaume Martin, who, like a lot of teammates showed what he's capable of in the Tour. Now it's up to ASO to invite us again in 2018 to concretize our breakaways and talents. "
"I'm suffering from tendinitis at the knee, which forces me to end of my season. So I miss Binche-Chimay-Binche and Paris-Tours, in which I would have liked to shine. My rest period was advanced for a few days. It was a heavy season, thanks to an offensive Tour de France, a strong pre-season and unfortunately a crash in the Brussels Cycling Classic. "
Jean-François Bourlart (general manager):
"Yoann is an important rider for the team. At the sportive level he is one of our major assets in the spring classics. Hopefully, the successful completion of the Tour will enable him to step up one more step in 2018. Yoann is also important for our young riders' environment. He represents everything we search for in a rider, so it's logical that we put everything in place for an extended stay at Wanty-Groupe Gobert. "