Florent Payet has posted a video of the moment a course pole struck him in the genitals forcing him out of the Leogang World Cup.
Payet was being followed by Brendan Fairclough who captured the moment on camera and the French racer shared it this morning.
For the full story on what happened see below but for now watch the video and prepare to wince.
|Did not race finals today but win the worst story of the year. No words needed.—Florent Payet|
In an incident that can only be described as the absolute worst-case scenario, Florent Payet will not be racing in the Leogang World Cup after a course marking pole struck his genitals. The incident happened yesterday in training and the French rider had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.
Flo didn't even crash and riders hitting poles on the course is a regular occurrence but it sounds like he got incredibly unlucky as this one flicked back at just the wrong angle and did some serious damage to his undercarriage. Payet was apparently very close to losing his ability to have children but an emergency surgery has apparently put everything back where it needs to be.
The story is pretty wild so we'll let Payet tell it himself:
|Hey everyone, just a quick update on what happened to me today.|
Everything was coming together nicely, I was really happy with the track and was enjoying riding the steep mud sections. Then the drama came.
I went out of the track on a fast section about 30 seconds into the track. I was trying find some more speed somewhere else than in the wood and simply rode into a pole. I had probably done this a thousand times in the last 16 years that I have been racing World Cups. Normally I just bounce off and keep going.
This time it was a bit different. The pole came back and whipped straight between my legs. It hit me with an unbelievable amount of pain. I still managed to ride my bike quite well down to the bottom of the track, but when I got to the pit the pain got really bad. We had a check down my trousers and there was lots of blood and some spare parts were hanging out that should have been tucked away safely. I needed to get to a hospital urgently.
The doctors performed emergency surgery to save them and get them back in place and to save the chance to have children… The surgery was a success and the boys are back where they should be.
I will need to wait and see what this experience has actually done to me emotionally as I was very close to losing them… This is the first time I have needed surgery without actually crashing on my bike and it has been a scary experience.
I will keep the updates coming regarding my situation over the next few days, and let everyone know about my recovery when I have more information.—Florent Payet
Flo has since updated us on the situation and says he expects to be out of the hospital tomorrow but the road to recovery will take a bit longer. At the moment he is hoping to be back for Maribor but will definitely be missing Les Gets and Hardline. He said, "The only way to recover well is to set up my mindset to a new goal and try to stay as fit as I can. 2021 will be a hard one but I am the kind of man who can do well with almost nothing. Let's trust myself and write a new story of my career."
We're wishing Flo the best of luck in his recovery and hope to see him back on the bike soon. We will update you on his condition as it progresses.
"Horror genitals injury at Leogang: “some spare parts were hanging out”"
Course organizers have to rename that section of track!
Wayne Shelford was caught at the bottom of a ruck 20 minutes into the game, losing four teeth, and sustained a large tear to his scrotum courtesy of a stray French boot.
Incredibly, Shelford had his injury stitched on the sideline and played on until deep into the second half, when a knock to the head left him concussed and unable to continue.
"Including the three minutes of stoppage time, De Marcos played 66 minutes with a torn scrotum that rainy Saturday night – but it was all worth it as the team secured a 2-1 victory to take three points."
Here ya go bud, prepare for the adrenaline rush
I take so much for granted living in a city. The only injuries I've had were broken arms, but if they hadn't happened within 15 minutes of professional medical care I would have struggled to do anything other than splint them, sling them and stumble back to cell service.
I'm sorry, but that made me burst out laughing.
Get well soon, Flo!
Doctor: We can fix that. What size was it?
Holy heck... I'm in pain just reading that. Rest up Flo!
I once hit a hole with the front wheel and bike stopped dead. On the way over the bars my forks rebounded and my bellend got slammed between my pubic bone and my stem.
Got home and was tentatively investigating the damage. My Mrs helpfully announced "You've got a trouser snake bite!"
I mean it sucks for Flo and I know how serious his injury was as he had to have emergency surgery but I am happy and glad he is going to make a complete recovery and still have a shot at kids in his future!
but damn, I couldn't stop laughing when I heard Brendan say that...I feel horrible.
Other rider casually checks his front tyre pressue.
Best to "yours", and hope it was only a big scary thing!
Heal fast and well
"Final warning. Touch my bacon and you're getting pole'd in the d*ck!"
Get well soon!
Quite the ballsy headline.
Florent, get well soon!!
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