Bradley Wiggins hospitalised after training crash
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bradley Wiggins hospitalised after training crash

by Ben Atkins at 5:19 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Injury
Tour de France winner reported to have injured ribs, hand and wrist after being hit by hit by white van

bradley wiggins Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) has been hospitalised after being hit by a car while out training close to his home, according to the Lancashire Evening Post. The Tour de France winner was reportedly struck by a white Vauxhall Astra Van, as it pulled out of a filling station forecourt, at around 6pm this evening.

Team Sky confirmed the incident via a statement on its website.

“We can confirm that Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire on Wednesday evening,” it wrote.

“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.”

It is believed that Wiggins suffered several broken ribs, as well as injuries to his hand and wrist, although Lancashire Police - who attended the incident - refused to give any further details.

"The rider is a 32-year-old local man,” police confirmed to BBC Sport.

"He was taken to hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening. His condition is stable.

"The incident is a cyclist involved in a collision with a white Astra car.

"His family have made aware of what has happened. The driver of the Astra car is a local woman who was not injured but she is helping police with enquires."

Filling station attendant Yasmin Smith, was one of the first on the scene, as she rushed to the Tour de France winner’s aid.

“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,” Smith told the Lancashire Evening News.

“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.”

According to the Sun, Wiggins was sent flying by the impact, and his friends rushed quickly to his aid.

“They were following him in a van and they helped him out after the crash,” a source told the paper. We think he’s going to be fine, but I don’t know how quickly he’ll be back on his bike. His family have been told.”

Wiggins was then taken to hospital, where he currently remains in a reportedly stable condition.

More on this story as further details emerge.


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