Guardini nam de snelste weg naar Roubaix: de snelweg. #parisroubaix2017 @Vannieuwkerke @rvangucht @josedecauwer pic.twitter.com/bG99kDL907
— Quinten Couckuyt (@quintencouckuyt) April 9, 2017
The past Giro d’Italia stage winner insisted the reports were exaggerated, but he did indeed get lost after abandoning the race at the second food stop. He headed straight for Roubaix, trying to avoid the zig-zagging route of the race.
Guardini's bike in the Police's van #ParisRoubaix pic.twitter.com/7oZc0KTHlV
— La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) April 9, 2017
“I would have arrived 40 minutes ahead of the others if I hadn’t found myself on a high-speed road. Luckily the Gendarmerie found me and took me to their barracks. I really must thank them truly from my heart for their hospitality, they even let me watch the end of the race … they were very kind. From there, I was able to contact my wife, who got in touch with the team through a few phone calls, who came to get me. They’re still taking the piss. Who knows what I’ll have to do to clear my name, but you should all know that I wasn’t arrested! My criminal file is still unblemished, we all had a big laugh about it and I can say I have an original story to talk about from my career!” Guardini wrote on his Facebook page.
It’s certainly one to tell your grandchildren, Andrea!