Fabien Barrel announced earlier this week that he would race worlds after all. "It was exactly four weeks ago that I came back with a broken foot from Canada," he said. "After a strong and permanent investment in my recovery, I finally received the ok from the doctors to leave for the Worlds in Fort Williams."
"Rigid shoes should help me to go to the end of this adventure," he hoped. Barrel considered his participation in the race so soon after injury a victory in itself, and he thanked supporters and promised to give it his all.