A fan spotted him riding on the E23 and posted on Twitter that Guardini found the quickest way to Roubaix—the highway—so Guardini took to Facebook to explain his eventful day. Despite the outcome of his race, his emoji usage suggests he remained in fairly good spirits.
“Some videos and photos are starting to appear, so perhaps it better if I explain exactly what happened,” Guardini wrote on Facebook on Sunday night.
“I quit the race and when I got to the team car at the second feed. They told me to cut across from the race and ride to the finish. I took their word and would have quickly made it to Roubaix if I hadn’t found myself on the highway!
“Fortunately the Gendarmerie found me, loaded my bike in their car and took me to the local police station. I can only thank them for their help; they even let me watch the finish of the race with them. I was also able to contact my wife, who called the team so that a soigneur could come and collect me.”
“I’m sure the team will tease me about what happened for a long time but I want to make it clear that I wasn’t arrested, my criminal record is still intact and we even had a laugh about it,” he continued.
“Of course I was obliged to give the police a little present as a way of thanks and they now have my Paris-Roubaix race jersey.”