Bradley’s blessing

Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins

TOUR de France champion Bradley Wiggins has said that the bike accident which left him with broken ribs has been “a blessing is disguise.”

The 32-year-old was cycling along road in Wrightington, when he was hit by a van and had to be taken to hospital.

He admitted that he was getting caught up in the “celebrity lifestyle” and said that he is happy to be back on the bike.

He told Sky Sports News: “I was very lucky, it could have been a long, long layoff but fortunately it was just 10 days and I was just back on the bike.

“Looking back now, coming off as bad as I did, it was a blessing in disguise because things were getting a bit out of control. It’s nice to get back to what I do best, which is riding my bike.

“It’s what I enjoy, it’s all the other stuff that I didn’t enjoy; the celebrity lifestyle. It has been nice to do what got me there in the first place in the last couple of weeks.”

Meanwhile, his fellow Olympians, such as the Brownlee brothers, Samantha Murray and Peter Wilson, are backing him to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award 2012.

Speaking at the BT British Olympic Ball, long jump gold winner Greg Rutherford said: “There are so many strong candidates but it was a massive achievement for Bradley Wiggins with the Tour de France and Olympics.”