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Police to speak to van driver involved in Bradley Wiggins crash

Bradley Wiggins has been released from hospital after the collision. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire Bradley Wiggins has been released from hospital after the collision. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire

Thursday, November 8, 2012
3:27 PM

Police will today speak to a van driver who collided with Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins as she drove out of a garage forecourt.

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Wiggins, 32, was thrown from his bike which was hit by the vehicle near to his home in Lancashire last night.

The father-of-two was thought to have suffered broken ribs and cuts and bruises, but was conscious when taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital and has now been released.

The winner of four Olympic gold medals, including this year’s men’s time trial, was due to attend a number of interviews to promote his book My Time, which is published today.

He was to have appeared on the Chris Evans show on BBC Radio 2 this morning and later record an item for The Graham Norton Show on BBC One to be broadcast on Friday night, when other guests are due to me Cameron Diaz and Rod Stewart.

Wiggins was also scheduled to take part in a webchat with The Guardian which has serialised extracts of his autobiography this week.

An ambulance was called to the scene of the crash in Crow Orchard Road, Wrightington, shortly before 6.10pm.

Garage attendant Yasmin Smith went to Wiggins’s aid when she heard a screeching of tyres and a loud bang.

She told ITV’s Daybreak: “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.”

Ms Smith said the driver was in shock. She said: “She 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.”

Ms Smith said Wiggins’s wife Cath was on the scene within about five minutes.

The driver of the white Vauxhall Astra Envoy, a local woman, was uninjured in the collision.

A broken wing mirror from her vehicle was laying on a grass verge near the exit of the petrol station.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: “We plan to speak to the driver later today as part of our inquiries.”

Fotheringham, writing in The Guardian, reported that Wiggins was riding on a mountain bike en route to meeting a group of local cyclists near his home in Eccleston.

Wiggins was planning to resume his winter training for next year’s racing programme after an autumn break, he added.

Joe Williams, of Sustrans, a charity that campaigns for safe travel routes, said: “This collision shines a light on the increasing number of cyclists being killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads.

“Making cycling safer for everyone would cut congestion and pollution and help us to lead healthy lives. The Government must create more safe space for cycling on and off roads and look at changing the law to follow the lead of many European neighbours, where a driver is also presumed at fault in a collision with a cyclist.

“We wish Wiggo a speedy recovery and a quick return to cycling.”

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