Wiggins leaves hospital, coach Sutton in crash

Thu Nov 8, 2012 1:27pm EST
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By Mitch Phillips

LONDON (Reuters) - Bradley Wiggins was released from hospital on Thursday following his bike crash as British Cycling announced that Shane Sutton, the team's head coach, had also been knocked off his bike and injured.

Wiggins, who won the Tour de France and Olympic time trial gold this year, spent Wednesday night in hospital with minor rib injuries and cuts and bruises after being hit by a van outside a petrol station while on a training ride near his home in Lancashire, northern England.

"Bradley has been discharged from hospital after suffering minor injuries, including bruises to his right hand and ribs, but is expected to make a full and speedy recovery," Team Sky's Doctor Richard Freeman said in a statement on the team's website (www.teamsky.com)

"He is now going to spend the weekend at home convalescing with his family."

British Cycling confirmed the incident involving Sutton on the A6 road near Levenshulme in Manchester.

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

"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."


Britain's cyclist Bradley Wiggins attends the presentation of the itinerary of the 2013 Tour de France cycling race in Paris October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier