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Barel knocked out in Maribor

Former downhill World Champion Fabien Barel was one of many to fall victim of the revised Maribor track in Slovenia at the weekend's season ending World Cup round. The Frenchman was hospitalised after crashing hard on the course and suffering a deep concussion.

The tough as nails rider didn't let his spill on the track, which features a new, highly technical, high-speed forest section at the bottom half, stop him from returning to the track to watch his rivals contest Sunday's finals.

The fall was another blow for Barel's 2007 season, with the two time world champion only returning to action at the previous weekend's World Championships in Fort William after breaking his foot in Canada earlier this season.

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