This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is being treated in a Lancashire hospital having collided with a car while out training on Wednesday evening.
The Lancashire Evening Post reports that Wiggins was not far from his home in Eccleston when the incident occurred.
Wiggins’ injuries include bruises to his right hand and ribs. His Sky team issued a statement on Wednesday saying: “He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.”
Wiggins was released from hospital on Thursday,
The scene of a crash in wrightington, lancashire on thursday. wiggins, 32, was thrown off his bike when a white vauxhall astra envoy (not pictured) is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him: the scene of a crash in wrightington, lancashire on thursday. wiggins, 32, was thrown off his bike when a white vauxhall astra envoy (not pictured) is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The scene of the crash on Thursday
It is believed that the car – a white Vauxhall Astra – was pulling out of a petrol station onto the A5209 and then collided with the 32-year-old, who was riding his mountain bike.
The station attendant told the Lancashire Evening Post: “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.”
Meanwhile The Sun reports that Wiggins was being followed by his wife and support team in a van, and they were able to attend to him quickly.
According to the BBC the driver of the car “is a local woman who was not injured but she is helping police with inquiries.”
Google maps shows the petrol station on the a5209 where the collision occurred: google maps shows the petrol station on the a5209 where the collision occurred Google Maps
Google Maps shows the petrol station on the A5209 where the collision occurred
Last week, Wiggins was awarded the prestigious Vélo d’Or for 2012, as the world’s best cyclist of the season. A stellar 2012 for the British rider included victories at Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie, Criterium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France. He followed his Tour de France victory by winning the individual time trial at the London Olympic Games.