Bradley Wiggins was discharged from Royal Preston Hospital this afternoon after being in collision with a car near his home in Lancashire on Wednesday evening.

Initially it was suspected that Wiggins had broken his ribs. After an overnight stay in hospital, the Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion was diagnosed with bruised ribs and hand. 

“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,” said Team Sky medic Dr Richard Freeman. “He is now going to spend the weekend at home convalescing with his family.”

Wiggins collided with the car as it left a petrol station forecourt in Wrightington, near Chorley at around 6pm on Wednesday. The driver of the white Vauxhall Astra is helping police with their enquiries.

In addition to becoming the first British rider to win the Tour and clinching the Olympic TT title, Wiggins won Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine in his best season yet.

Great Britain cycling team head coach Shane Sutton was also involved in a cycling incident less than 24 hours after Wiggins. The incident happened on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester. Sutton was taken to hospital suffering from bruising and bleeding on the brain.

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  • Brian

    It strikes me that there are (at least) two points to be made regarding this incident. Firstly, if the photo in the Daily Telegraph can be believed, the lady in question was pictured on a relatively high performance motorbike and you would think???? that a two wheel rider would be slightly more thoughtful towards other two wheeled riders when driving a car.

    Secondly, I wonder whether the swift police decision to charge her with driving without due care and attention was because it was Bradley that she hit. Were the drivers in the two cases quoted in the comments above similarly punished? Somehow I don’t think so.

  • John

    “A speed-bump at the exit of petrol stations might help with such situations.”

    It would make it worse. Speed bumps stop anti-lock brakes from working correctly, increasing stopping distances.

    Simply the anti-lock is fooled to believing that the road is more slipy than it is, thereby releasing the brakes. It then takes longer for it to realise there’s more grip, but by that time you’ve sailed past where you’d have stopped if the road was flat, or should I say “safe”?

    Steve, get well soon.

  • Robert

    Unfortunately, I feel that it would be very naïve to think that the crashes involving Bradley Wiggins and Shane Sutton might lead to any change in attitudes towards cyclists in Britain. Firstly, the attitude that ‘the motorist is the Lord of the highway’ has dominated the transport debate in Britain for over a century. Current attitudes to car use and ‘road safety’ have hardly changed since the social elite first appropriated the public road for their personal use and promoted the idea that it was the duty of ‘the lower orders’ to ‘keep out of the way’ or suffer the consequences.

    There is also the problem that, in the existing hierarchy of the roads, it is the cyclist who occupies the lowest level, being treated as being a member of an ‘out-group’ who poses a potential threat to the car-driving social norm, and as such subject to all the irrational hatred and discrimination that members of out-groups tend to suffer at the hands of more dominant and powerful social groups. This central problem is well documented by academic research, as with the Transport Research Laboratory’s report ‘Drivers’ perceptions of cyclists’ which notes that cyclists are ‘not perceived to be high on most drivers’ road user status hierarchy’ and that ‘road users who are deemed to be of a low status are treated with less care and consideration’. Jon Sutton’s recent article in The Psychologist ‘Vulnerable road users’ reaches much the same conclusions.

    That cyclists in Britain are treated as being members of an out-group is also a reflection of Britain’s right wing, hierarchical, authoritarian and status-obsessed ‘society’. In such a ‘society’ (some politicians have even argued that ‘there is no such thing as society’ at all) doing anything that favours the interests of less powerful minority groups, such as cyclists, at the expense of higher status, more dominant groups, such as motorists, very much ‘goes against the grain’. This is especially the case when the car is one of societies’ most powerful symbols of personal status and power. Also, responsible road use is all about recognising that one has a responsibility towards others, especially when in charge of something as potentially lethal as a motor vehicle. However, this is something that is hardly in tune with the dominant social ethos which holds no one has any responsibility for anyone other then one’s self and one’s immediate family.

    There is also the problem that people like Bradley Wiggins are themselves spectacularly uninformed when it comes to road safety issues, as shown by Wiggin’s idiotic suggestions that cycle helmets, designed only to reduce the impact in a simple sub 12 Mph fall involving no more than 90 Joules of energy, can somehow ‘save lives’ in a high impact crash involving a motor vehicle. Even worse Wiggins has argued that a cyclist who does not wear a helmet is in no position to argue about bad driving if they are knocked off! Talk about ‘With friends like these!’

    The response to Wiggins’ crash might even be seen as being part of something of a backlash against the rise in the profile of cycling and cyclists that came in the wake of the Olympics and Wiggins’ Tour win, something that must have really worried many in car-centric in Britain. This is most in evidence in the comments pages of publications such as The Daily Mail, as might be expected, but I also wonder what underlying psychology led to Wiggins’ effigy being one of those chosen for burning at the recent Lewes bonfire?

    I doubt that even the circumstances surrounding Wiggins’ crash will be the subject of any real considered analysis. It needs to be acknowledged that a claim of ‘I didn’t see you’ should not be treated as a ‘Get out of jail free card’, but rather taken as proof that the driver failed to take a proper observation. Even more so it needs to be recognised that in many, perhaps even most cases, the driver did actually see the cyclist perfectly well, but then thought: ‘It’s only a bloody cyclist, I am pulling out and they can just put their brakes on if they don’t like it’, perhaps compounded by a mistaken view that all cyclists travel at no more than 8 Mph. More likely it will be ‘business as usual’, with the debate perhaps being diverted into the usual argument that all cyclists should be forced to wear a polystyrene hat before been allowed to venture onto ‘the motorists’ roads.

  • David Gilbert

    The woman who knocked Wiggo off, is reported to be ‘gutted’ that it was Bradley that she hit. Does that make the rest of us fair game? I think not. Anyone who knocks off a cyclist should feel (or perhaps be) gutted!

  • DAVID EDWARD HANBURY

    What’s Wiggo doing riding in the dark anyway?

  • Ken Evans

    Steve
    November 09 12:24

    “Cycling to work today a guy pulled out of a petrol station straight into the side of me. ”

    A speed-bump at the exit of petrol stations might help with such situations.

  • adam

    Agree entirely with both comments above…. many haven’t been so ‘lucky’ as Brad.

  • Steve

    Cycling to work today a guy pulled out of a petrol station straight into the side of me. I was on the cycle path. My bars are bent, seat stay snapped and lots of bruises and grazes. Lucky me I guess. Get well soon Wiggo and Shane, I feel for you (literally). P.S. My high vis jacket/lights etc. weren’t enough, neither was good riding. ALWAYS wear a helmet, you never know what’s round the corner.

  • Terry

    ‘Wiggins collided with a car’- I don’t think so CW, the white van collided with Wiggo- let’s get it right !!

  • T Anderson

    Close shave that so many cyclists have experienced. Remember the other sad occasions where the cyclists weren’t spared.

    Jason McIntyre

    Zak Carr

    Rob Jefferies

    ……………………et al