LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins is in the hospital after a collision with a van near his home in Lancashire, northern England on Wednesday.

Lancashire Police said they had attended the incident in a story on the Lancashire Evening Post website (www.lep.co.uk) that reportedly left the 32-year-old Englishman with several broken ribs.


Per www.lep.co.uk

Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins is in hospital after a crash on a Lancashire road.

The 32-year-old, who also scooped gold in the time trial at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, was involved in a collision with a van in Wrightington, close to his home in Eccleston, near Chorley.

It is believed he may have broken several ribs and suffered hand and wrist injuries although police have refused to give any details as to whether any wounds could threaten his world-beating cycling career.

The incident happened on Crow Orchard Road, close to the junction with Mossy Lea Road, at 6pm on Wednesday evening, when a white Astra van pulled off a filling station forecourt and collided with the cyclist.

Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who rushed to the champion’s aid, 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 Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed they had attended the incident.