Tour de France champ Wiggins hurt in crash

Nov. 7, 2012 at 6:53 PM   |   Comments

ECCLESTON, England, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Tour de France cycling champion Bradley Wiggins was hospitalized Wednesday after his bike collided with a car on a road near his home in England, police said.

A police spokesman confirmed authorities responded to a crash involving Wiggins, the reigning Tour de France champion and multiple Olympic gold medalist, and a car in Eccleston, the Lancashire Evening Post reported.

The newspaper said police refused to release many details, but a witness indicated the 32-year-old champion may have sustained several broken ribs along with hand and wrist injuries.

The police report said the accident happened Wednesday evening when a white Vauxhall Astra collided with Wiggins while it was pulling away from a gas station.

The cyclist was in "a lot of pain," Garage attendant Yasmin Smith told the Post. "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."

Sky News reported a Lancashire police spokesman said Wiggins' injuries were "not thought to be life-threatening."

The Sun reported Wiggins was in stable condition with severe bruising and injuries to his ribs.

Truck driver Barry Blacklidge, 46, told the British tabloid he saw a bicycle with its front wheel "all buckled."

He said an ambulance showed up "and they treated him for a while."

"He was up and walking around, but apparently he wasn't too good," Blacklidge said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
A's get it Dunn against Mariners
Cubs deal fading Brewers sixth straight loss
Giants top Rockies in conclusion of suspended game
Holliday lifts Cardinals past Pirates
Spangenberg lifts Padres over D-backs
Trending News