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Bradley Wiggins hospitalised after collision with vehicle

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Cyclist Bradley Wiggins has been taken to hospital after colliding with a vehicle while on his bike.

The Lancashire Evening Post reports that the 32-year-old Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist suffered injuries to his wrist and hand, and it is believed that he may have broken several ribs.

Bradley Wiggins

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The incident occurred near Wiggins's home in Lancashire today (November 7) at 6pm after a vehicle was pulling out of a petrol station forecourt and collided with him.

Yasmin Smith, an attendant at the garage, said: "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."

A spokesman for Lancashire police confirmed that they had attended the incident. A driver was questioned by police last night, according to The Sun.

Wiggins was said to be in a "stable" condition in hospital yesterday, while Team Sky announced on its website that Wiggins's injuries "are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery".

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins sits on the throne as he celebrates winning the Men's Individual Time Trial on day five of the London Olympic Games at Hampton Court Palace

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Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour de France in July, and went on to win a fourth Olympic gold medal in the time trial at London 2012 just weeks later.

He has previously called on the government to make it illegal for cyclists to ride without helmets.

"Ultimately, if you get knocked off and you don't have a helmet on, then you can't argue," he explained. "Once there are laws passed for cyclists then you are protected and you can say, 'Well, I have done everything to be safe'.

"There are a lot of things that need to be addressed with cycling at the moment on the roads. Things can't continue the way that they are, everybody knows that."

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