Wiggins recovers after training crash

Wiggins recovers after training crash

WRIGHTINGTON, United Kingdom - Agence
Britain’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins was set to leave the hospital late yesterday after being hit by a car while riding his bike near his family home.

Lancashire Police said the 2012 Olympics time-trial gold medalist was in a “stable” condition after suffering broken ribs and a wrist injury in the accident on the evening of Nov. 7, adding that the injuries were not life-threatening.

The 32-year-old was thrown off his bike when hit by a car believed to have pulled out of a petrol station in Wrightington, near his family home in Eccleston, northwest England.

Police said they would interview the driver -- a local woman who was unhurt in the incident -- late yesterday.

Pieces of wrecked wing mirror from the car were still lying at the scene on Thursday morning.
The accident took place just months after Britain’s first ever winner of cycling’s most prestigious race called for drivers and cyclists to “co-exist” on the roads following a fatal accident outside London’s Olympic Park.

“He is still in hospital. He’s in a stable condition. It was minor injuries, broken ribs and a wrist injury,” a Lancashire Police spokeswoman told AFP yesterday. “We plan to speak to the driver later today as part of our inquiries.”

A source in the emergency services said the rider, one of Britain’s most recognizable and popular sportsmen, was expected to leave hospital later yesterday.

Wiggins had been due to take part in interviews to promote his autobiography “My Time,” which was published yesterday.