Groenewegen appropriates the dream of Offredo

Yoann Offredo woke up this Friday with the rejoicing of having left behind the Vosges, torture colt for modest cyclists like him, and with a smile from ear to ear. "The

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Yoann Offredo woke up this Friday with the rejoicing of having left behind the Vosges, torture colt for modest cyclists like him, and with a smile from ear to ear. "The sprinters are going to fight for a massive arrival, but I dreamed that I managed to escape and that I was 30 minutes ahead," he said in Belfort, at the beginning of the stage, and added: "If a breakaway manages to reach the end, and I'm not in it, I would not forgive myself. "

A stage of the Tour is a yearning for all cyclists who run it. For some of them, it is the goal of a lifetime. To that group belongs 'Yoyo' Offredo, who in his day was a promising roller who did not reach the expectations and now, with 32 years, he makes a living looking for skirmishes that allow him to add a second victory as a professional. The first, in the Tour de Picardie in 2009, is as far away as the fame he cultivated in those days.

Then came many bad moments and few good ones. In 2012, he was banned for a year for refusing to report his location to the anti-doping authorities on three occasions. Five years later, training with two friends, he was attacked by a couple of nerves. "A car passed very fast by our side, overtaking us." Suddenly the driver stopped in her tracks so we could hit the trunk, I wanted to talk to her, but she had already left the car with a cutter. but then the passenger got out of the car and took a baseball bat from the trunk, "he said.

218 kilometers together

"I love cycling, but I do not want my children to practice it," he also said as a result of that aggression, reaffirming the love that the road has not completely matched. Since he had dreamed about it, this Friday he tried again, with an exit getaway with Stéphane Rossetto , a contemporary with whom he won in 2005 his first 'amateur' test, the Norman Trio, a particular time trial by teams of three members.

Together, as they did 14 years ago, they covered 218 kilometers of the longest stage of the Tour, with a total of 230 splashed by three tacks, all of them in the first half of the route. The only prize for Offredo, merely symbolic, was to arrogate to himself the provisional leadership of the runner who has been absent the longest in this Tour. His dream, as was obvious, was broken by the teams of the sprinters, who were not going to miss out on such a sweet opportunity to seek a stage victory.

To the Central Massif

Already hunted the two adventurers, in a slow and ideal stage for the siesta, with no more start than an acceleration of the peloton that cut for a few kilometers to Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin , the gregarious sprinters took the controls to the finish line of Chalon-sur-Saône, in which it was Dylan Groenewegen who raised his arms, ahead of Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan .

First win for the Dutch and third for the Jumbo. On Tuesday, the pure sprinters will have a new opportunity, after the two rugged stages of the weekend by the Massif Central and the rest day on Monday. Meanwhile, Offredo can continue dreaming.

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