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Fabien Barel breaks femur, sustains head injury

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5/8/2010 9:43 AM

This news comes from, vital member Akula and my own poor translation efforts...

Fabien Barel (Mondraker / Subaru) came off his bike at the Sospel bike park while training for the first round of the World Cup.

The report says that he lost control of his bike and was carried out to an emergency room in Monaco. The medical record mentions a head injury (no details - concussion?) and a fractured femur. The 2-time world champ wanted to reassure his family and supporters by waving his hand before taking off for Monaco.

The 2010 season looks bad, and Fabien can already forget the first round in one week in Maribor where he made a triumphant return after injuring his knee in early 2009.

Vital MTB wishes him a speedy recovery. Best of luck Fabien!


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5/8/2010 11:03 AM



5/8/2010 11:58 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/8/2010 12:00 PM

so bummed for fabien : (


5/8/2010 12:13 PM

Ohhh...Bummer! Healing vibes to Fab. Get well soon!


5/8/2010 12:38 PM

He got surgery yesterday an a pin on the femur, we'll see how things go smile


5/8/2010 12:44 PM

thanks for the update cesar. he's still my world's pick, broken or not!


5/8/2010 12:52 PM

That is terrible - one of the great men of MTB DH. Get well soon Fabien from the Rotorua, NZ crew...


5/8/2010 1:40 PM

Damn, just can't seem to catch a break can he? He's one of my all-time favorites to watch, so here's to a speedy recovery Fab!


5/8/2010 6:21 PM

this sucks! such a shame! Healing Vibes to Barel!!!


5/8/2010 6:29 PM

Dang, Dang, Dang... that screws up my team on Dirt!!!!


5/8/2010 6:58 PM

Bummer- I know the feeling. My season ended in a similiar situation. He's got all my sympathy.


5/8/2010 7:52 PM

Me = long time lurker, signed up with Vital just to say:


The guy is so much fun to watch riding. He is just a ball of amazing skills.

And his amazing return last year... will have to be followed by another amazing return this year sad

Rootin' for ya Barel!



5/8/2010 8:55 PM

Wonder when Nico will be back.


5/8/2010 9:02 PM

sspomer wrote:

thanks for the update cesar. he's still my world's pick, broken or not!

Word. Watch out bitches. Because you know he can.


5/8/2010 9:16 PM

Harsh. Fabien is such a pro. Gotta say though he has a knack for speedy recovery. Get well soon man!


5/8/2010 9:21 PM

Heal well man!!! Sorry to hear it!


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5/10/2010 1:33 PM

Can he be Rob Warner's co-host on Freecaster now? His commentary was great last season and I'd be stoked to listen to him again.



5/19/2010 8:28 AM


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