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Wiggins out of hospital after crash

Bournemouth Echo: The scene of a crash in Wrightington, Lancashire, in which cyclist Bradley Wiggins was hurt The scene of a crash in Wrightington, Lancashire, in which cyclist Bradley Wiggins was hurt

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 when he was thrown off his bike near his home in Lancashire on Wednesday night.

His release came as it emerged that Shane Sutton, head coach for the GB Cycling Team, is recovering in hospital after he was involved in a separate road accident 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 spokeswoman said: "British Cycling has confirmed that Shane Sutton, head coach for the GB Cycling Team, was involved in an incident this morning on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester.

"Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain. Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days.

"Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads. British Cycling is calling on the Government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure that cycle safety is built into the design of all new roads, junctions and transport projects, rather than being an afterthought."

Wiggins was taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital following the crash in Crow Orchard Road, Wrightington, shortly after 6pm.

The incident happened when the driver of a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy, a local woman, drove out of a garage forecourt. Police said they intended to speak to the driver, who was uninjured, as part of their inquiries.

Wiggins was driven to his home in Eccleston after he reportedly underwent scans to assess the full extent of his injuries. Cycling journalist William Fotheringham, who helped write Wiggins's new autobiography, reported the Olympic gold medallist was also given morphine and a precautionary scan of his head in hospital.

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