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Olympic Hero Bradley Wiggins in Hospital After Crash With Car on Training Bike Ride

Tour de France champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins has been taken to hospital following a collision with a car close to his home in Lancashire, UK. The 32-year-old was reported to have rib, hand and wrist injuries.

Bradley Wiggins was taken to hospital last night after being involved in a collision with a car close to his home in Lancashire.

The Tour de France winner was reported to have rib, hand and wrist injuries from what Team Sky described as a "minor accident." It is not thought his injuries will keep him out of the sport for any significant length of time. He was scheduled to be kept in hospital overnight for observation and sent home today.

The incident occurred when a Vauxhall Astra pulled out of a petrol station near Chorley in Lancashire around 6pm and collided with Wiggins, who was knocked off his bike. Wiggins, who is in light post-season training in the wake of his remarkable year, was described by a witness to the accident as "being in a lot of pain."

Team Sky, though, played down the initial reports of the severity of the accident. A statement from the team said: "The injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery."

The witness, Yasmin Smith, an attendant at the garage, 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."

Lancashire police confirmed the accident via a statement. It said: "Police were called to the scene of a road traffic collision at around 6pm. That was a cyclist who had been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra car. The rider of the bike, who we are saying is a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital with injuries. Those injuries are not life threatening. The driver of the car, who was a local woman, did not receive any injuries, and is assisting officers with our inquiries."

Wiggins has not ridden since the world championships in September after a year in which he became the first Briton to win the Tour and followed that with Olympic gold in London. His recent focus has been on writing his autobiography. The book is published today.

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