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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.
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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:
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.