x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins hurt after car hits him while cycling

The Olympic gold medal winner, who was due to take part in the Dubai Rugby Sevens later this month, is thought to have suffered broken ribs after the accident.

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins

Tour de France cycling champion Bradley Wiggins is recovering in hospital after a collision with a vehicle.

The 32-year-old Olympic gold medallist was thrown off his bike when a car is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him while cycling near his family home in the north of England.

Police said his injuries from the crash were thought to be very serious at first, but later it appeared he suffered a number of broken ribs and cuts and bruises.

Wiggins was due to travel to the UAE later this month to take part in the Dubai Rugby Sevens with a charity team.

In a statement on its website, Team Sky said: "We can confirm that on Wednesday evening Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident while riding his bike near his home in Lancashire.

"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.

"We will announce more details in due course."

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