Maurice Burton, the former British amateur scratch champion and professional Six-Day rider of the 1970s, is recovering in a Las Palmas hospital after being in collision with a car on Lanzarote 10 days ago.

Burton suffered bruising to the head and suspected fractured vertebra. He was taking part on the De Ver Cycles training camp, which is promoted by Burton?s own company, De Ver cycles of Streatham in London.

?It?s a miracle. I?m surprised to be still here,? he told Team De Ver press officer Keith Penfold from his hospital bed at the weekend. ?He sounded in good spirits,? said Penfold.

Burton?s riding companion, a doctor, attended to him at the scene of the collision. He was taken to local hospital from where he was flown by air ambulance to hospital in Las Palmas.

? Burton?s De Ver Cycles backs a men?s team and a women?s team, each supporting a relevant cancer charity; prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women.