Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins has been released from hospital after a serious accident while training yesterday evening.
The Olympic time trial gold medallist sustained broken ribs and hand injuries when he was hit by a van near his home in Eccleston, Lancashire at around 6pm yesterday evening.
The van is believed to have emerged from a garage forecourt near the village of Wrightingto and hit Wiggins’ bike. The four time Olympic champion was taken to hospital in nearby Preston where he was give morphine and underwent precautionary brain scans as his injuries were initially thought to be very serious. The van driver was uninjured in the collision but was deeply shocked, especially when police made her aware of the cyclist’s identity.
Team Sky released a statement about Wiggins’ condition and said: “We can confirm that on Wednesday evening Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire.
“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. We will announce more details in due course.”
Garage attendant Yasmin Smith told ITV’s Daybreak programme that she was working in the back of the petrol station when she heard the screech of tires and ran outside.
“I came straight outside to see a gentleman sat on the pavement, but I didn’t realise who he was. I just went over to help. The ambulance and the police had been called.
“[The driver] was very upset, even more upset when the police actually said: ‘Do you realise who you’ve hit?’ That really put her back, because obviously she felt bad enough.”
Smith added that Wiggins’ wife Cath was quickly on the scene along with police and that Wiggins knew he had injured his ribs but that the ambulance didn’t arrive for another 15 minutes.
Truck driver Barry Blacklidge described the damage done to Wiggin’s bike in the Sun.
“I could see a pushbike, like a mountain bike, and the front wheel was all buckled. I went into the garage and asked what was going on. She said: ‘Bradley Wiggins has just been knocked off his bike’.”
Wiggins is expected to undergo further tests today and an update on his condition will be give later this afternoon. It is not yet known how the incident will impact on Wiggins’ defence of his Tour de France crown or the rest of his 2013 season which was expected to take in the Giro d’Italia.
He had only recently returned to training following his autumn break and had a number of media engagements to coincide with the launch of his Tour de France memoir, My Time, which is published today. He was due to appear on Chris Evans show on BBC Radio 2 this morning and record an interview for the Graham Norton show to be broadcast tomorrow night.