Freddie Flintoff called for medic after his penis went numb on charity bike ride

Freddie Flintoff has recalled the time he had to check in with a medic after his penis went numb during a charity bike ride.

The Top Gear presenter has explained how he lost all feeling in his manhood three days into the event.

And while riding alongside rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio, he thought he’d get checked over by the doctor to make sure everything was okay.

Explaining the scenario in his new book Right Said Fred, he said: ‘It just suddenly went numb, as if I’d trapped it in a door. It was like a dead fish.

‘I said to the medic, “Doc, I’m afraid you’re going to have to have a look at my old fella, I can’t feel it.”

‘He took a look and was quite blasé, “Oh, that’s quite common in cyclists.”‘

According to the star, he was suffering from something called penile nerve damage – which happens when there is blockage of the nerve or blood flow to the penis.

He continued, in an extract obtained by The Sun: ‘The old fella only started to resurrect itself about three days after I arrived in London.’

The former cricketer goes on to explain how he feels ‘exposed’ when cycling in lycra, as it ‘doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination’.

As well as launching a new book, the star has also recently released a documentary focusing on his secret battle with bulimia.

After it aired on the BBC, the father-of-four was flooded with support as fans praising him for opening up on the eating disorder.

‘I probably should get help,’ he said. ‘It’s something that affects me every single day,’ he said during the hour-long programme.

‘It’s something I am acutely aware of when I look in the mirror, when I eat my food, when I try on my clothes, it’s something I don’t stop thinking about.

‘This is the frustrating thing about it- I know it’s a problem and I know it needs addressing, so why am I not doing something about it?’

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