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Broken leg forces Sir Bradley Wiggins out of The Jump

Five-time Olympic champ says he's "gutted" at having to quit winter sports reality show...

Sir Bradley Wiggins is out of winter sports reality TV show The Jump after breaking his leg.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist and 2012 Tour de France winner revealed on Twitter that he had left the show.

He said: “Gutted to be leaving The Jump. I wanted to give you an injury update …

“Seen a specialist, I have a small leg fracture & need to rest for 3/6 weeks. Good news no surgery or cast required.

"Huge thanks to the crew & good luck to all of the cast. Due to the way the show is filmed I’ll still be on until show 4, so tune in.

“No horror smash, small training injury which means I can’t compete. No terrible break, no cast, just need to rest it.”

Wiggins had already injured a foot and torn a calf muscle while taking part in the show, which is filmed in the Austrian Alps.

Last week, it was reported that he was taking painkillers to be able to continue to compete.

> Wiggins on painkillers due to injury while filming The Jump

The Jump, now in its fourth season, has developed something of a reputation for the serious injuries some participants sustain while filming.

Holby City actress Tina Hobley spent most of 2016 on crutches after sustaining knee, shoulder and arm injuries while practicing a jump ahead during last year’s series.

Last June, London 2012 bronze medal-winning gymnast Beth Tweddle revealed she was seeing a psychologist after breaking two vertebrae while filming for the third series of the show.

Former Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington also sustained a serious injury during last year’s show, dislocating her shoulder.

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