Tour de France victor Bradley Wiggins has been released from hospital after he was injured in a collision with a van.
Wiggins, 32, was thought to have suffered broken ribs and a dislocated finger as he was thrown off his bike near his home in Lancashire last night.
The 32-year-old, who also scooped gold in the time trial at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, was involved in the collision with a van in Wrightington, close to his home in Eccleston, near Chorley.
Meanwhile Shane Sutton, head coach for the GB Cycling Team, is recovering in hospital after he was involved in a separate road accident today in Manchester in which he suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain.
A spokeswoman for British Cycling said: “It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery.”
The incident happened on Crow Orchard Road, close to the junction with Mossy Lea Road, at 6pm on Wednesday evening, when a white Astra van pulled off a filling station forecourt and collided with the cyclist.
Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who rushed to the champion’s aid, said: “By the time I got there he had moved to a safer place but was still on the ground and he was in a lot of pain.
“He said he thought he had broken his ribs and while a lot of police cars arrived it was about 15 minutes before the ambulance got there by which time he was blue.”
A Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed they had attended the incident.
Team Sky have confirmed that he is being kept in hospital overnight for observation, but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.
For the full story, see Thursday’s Lancashire Evening Post.