Wiggins In Hospital After Being Hit By Car

LONDON, Nov 7, 2012 – Tour de France champion and Olympic gold
medalist Bradley Wiggins was in hospital on Wednesday after being hit by a
car while riding his bike near his family home in Lancashire, north-west
England, police said.

However, a police spokesman said the British cycling star’s injuries were
“not thought to be life-threatening”.

Wiggins, 32, was thrown off his bike when hit by a car believed to have
pulled out of a petrol station before colliding with him. Wiggins is known to
often go for training rides on rural roads in the area.

The accident happened at approximately 6:00 pm (1800 GMT) in Wrightson,
Lancashire, near Wiggins’ family home in Eccleston and took place just months
after he called for drivers and cyclists to “co-exist” following a fatal
accident just outside London’s Olympic Park.

The driver of the car that hit Wiggins, a local woman, was said to be

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Police were called to the scene of a
road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6:00 pm
this evening.

“A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra
car. The rider of the bike, a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital by
ambulance with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

“His family have been told.”

Accident investigators visited the scene but the road was not sealed off.

Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who went to Wiggins’s aid, told the
Lancashire Evening Post: “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.”

This year saw Wiggins become the first British winner in the history of the
Tour de France, and barely two weeks after that success he won the time trial
at London 2012 in front of his home fans for a fourth career Olympic gold

On the same August 1 day that Wiggins enjoyed his latest Games triumph, a
cyclist was killed following a collision with an Olympic media shuttle bus
just outside London’s Olympic Park.

Commenting on the accident Wiggins, who has called for a law making it
compulsory for cyclists to wear protective helmets, said: “It’s dangerous and
London is a busy city and a lot of traffic.

“I haven’t lived in London for 10 to 15 years now and it’s got a lot busier
since I was riding a bike as a kid round here, and I got knocked off several

“But I think things are improving to a degree — there are organisations
out there who are attempting to make the roads safer for both parties.

“We’ve all got to co-exist on the roads.

“Cyclists are not ever going to go away as much as drivers moan, and as
much as cyclists maybe moan about certain drivers they are never going to go
away, so there’s got to be a bit of give and take.”