Updates have been issued on the condition of Bradley Wiggins and Shane Sutton, both hospitalised when they were knocked off their bikes in separate road traffic incidents earlier this week. In a separate statement Lancashire Police said that 44 year-old Cath Burrows, the woman whose white Astra van was in collission with Wiggins faced a summons for careless driving.
Wiggins, who was released from hospital yesterday, is now recovering at home after being struck by a van a few miles from his home in Lancashire on Wednesday evening.
Team Sky has confirmed that Wiggins suffered bruising to his body and lung, a fractured rib and dislocated finger.
“Bradley has already recovered from a mild head injury which required overnight observation in hospital on Wednesday,” confirmed a Team Sky spokesman
“The swelling in his dislocated finger has also reduced and will not require surgery, and he will undergo further X-rays on his fractured rib on Monday.
“He’s convalescing at home with his family and is expected to make a full recovery in a short period of time.”
Making his first public statement since the incident, Wiggins said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages over the last 48 hours, and of course all the staff at the Royal Preston Hospital who looked after me so well.
“Although I’m still a little bit sore I will now be spending time at home with my family and concentrating on making a full recovery.”
Yesterday, Wiggins was criticised after extending his middle finger when the car taking him home was at the centre of a media scrum as it arrived at his house in Eccleston, and today Wiggins apologised for the gesture.
“I was tired, in a lot of pain, and just wanted to get inside, but I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did. I’m sorry for that.,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike soon and continuing my preparations for the 2013 season,” added the Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion.
Sutton, head coach at Team Sky and British Cycling, was taken to hospital yesterday morning after being struck by a blue Peugeot 206 driven by a 61 year-old man in Manchester, resulting in a fractured cheekbone and bleeding on the brain.
“Shane is making steady progress but is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation,” confirmed a British Cycling spokesman.
“He has fractured his cheekbone which will require surgery in due course. He, like Bradley, is expected to make a complete recovery and will be back in work shortly.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.