Wiggins back home after crash - UPDATE

Bradley Wiggins (right) pictured here with Mark Cavendish during the Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins (right) pictured here with Mark Cavendish during the Tour de France

STRICKEN cycling ace Bradley Wiggins is recovering at home after a terrifying road smash.

The 32-year-old Tour de France champion was released from hospital on Thursday following treatment for a fractured rib and broken index finger.

Wiggins was sent flying by a collision with a van while out training on the streets of Wrightington and Parbold on Wednesday teatime. In rush hour traffic a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy pulled out of the Crow Orchard Road Services as Wiggins pedalled towards the Standish M6 roundabout.

Witnesses rushed to the stunned sportsman’s aid although not all, including garage attendant Yasmin Smith, immediately realised who he was.

The female driver of the van - who has not been named but is said to be local - told 21-year-old Yasmin that she “never saw” the cyclist. She knew there had been a collision as she pulled out so she continued across the road, parked up and ran back to him.

Witnesses say that Wiggins - who is a firm advocate of cycling safety measures - was wearing a fluorescent jacket and helmet and the lights on his mountain-style bike were still on after the collision, although the front wheel was buckled.

A film crew from Sky Television - which sponsors Wiggins’s cyclig team - was at Crow Orchard Road yesterday re-enacting the accident with a Wiggins double.

UPDATE: Following a voluntary attendance for interview with Lancashire Police, a 44-year-old woman from West Lancashire has been reported for summons for driving without due care and attention, however an investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is still underway.