British Cycling head coach Sutton set to make full recovery after being knocked off bike and suffering bleeding on brain
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins discharged on Thursday after being knocked of bike in Lancashire
Great Britain's head coach Shane Sutton also knocked off in Levenshulme, Manchester but should make full recovery from injuries
Wiggins believed to have suffered broken ribs and dislocated finger
19:59 GMT, 9 November 2012
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British Cycling’s head coach Shane Sutton is expected to make a full recovery from injuries sustained when he was knocked off his bike in Manchester on Thursday.
Sutton was rushed to A&E suffering bruising and bleeding on the brain after the incident in Levenshulme – less than 24 hours after Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike while training in Lancashire.
Wiggins was discharged from hospital on Thursday with bruises to his hand and broken ribs.
On the mend: British Cycling's head coach Shane Sutton should make a full recovery after being knocked off his bike in Manchester
Charming: Bradley Wiggins swore at photographers on his way home from hospital on Thursday
'Ok': Wiggins left with at least two broken ribs after being knocked off his bike by a car
Good news came when British Cycling said that Sutton could be leaving hospital soon too.
‘Shane is making steady progress but
is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation,’
they said in a statement.
‘He has fractured his cheek bone
which will require surgery in due course. He is expected to make a
complete recovery and will be back in work shortly.’
Sutton, 55, one of Wiggins' coaches
for his time trial success at the London Olympics, was hospitalised with
bleeding and bruising on the brain following the road accident in
Levenshulme, Manchester, on Thursday morning.
The incident came just a day after Wiggins was knocked off his bike by a Vauxhall Astra as it
pulled out of a filling station.
He lay on the floor for a
quarter of an hour before the ambulance arrived, according to witnesses, and sustained at least two broken ribs and a suspected dislocated finger.
A spokesperson for British Cycling
said on Thursday afternoon: 'British Cycling has confirmed that Shane Sutton, head coach for
the GB Cycling Team, was involved in an incident this morning on the A6
near Levenshulme in Manchester.
'Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain.
'Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days.'
Hospitalised: Shane Sutton, Team GB's head cycling coach, was rushed to hospital on Thursday afternoon
The spokesperson added: 'It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery.
'Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads.
'British Cycling is calling on the government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure that cycle safety is built into the design of all new roads, junctions and transport projects, rather than being an afterthought.'
Police sources said the collision involving Sutton, on his bike, and a Peugeot 206 car took place at about 8.55am near the junction of Stockport Road and Clare Road in Levenshulme.
The driver of the Peugeot was not injured and no arrests were made.
British Cycling director Martin Gibbs
believes the Government should be doing more to prevent such incidents, and said: 'These
incidents do remind you that we've got a long way to go we need to look
to our cousins abroad and Copenhagen and see what they've done.
'30 per cent of people making journey there do so on their bike.
'We need the Department of Transport to stop thinking of cycling as an add-on.
out of 10 British cycling members have a car it has to be about more
mutual respect looking out for each other. We mustn't make this a sort
of tribal battle.'
Australian Sutton has worked
with the GB Cycling team since 2002 and has been credited with playing a
major role in transforming the fortunes of the sport in this country.
Unfortunate: Both Sutton (left) and Wiggins (right) were involved in unrelated accidents within 24 hours of each other
Mentor: Sutton was one of Wiggins' coaches when he sealed a time trial gold at London 2012
He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2010 for his services to sport.
Sutton's career began as a road and track cyclist where he won numerous
titles including a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 1978 team
pursuit competition and the 1990 Milk Race.
He split his time between the track and the road in coaching this year's British competitors at the London Olympics.
Throughout his career at GB Cycling,
he was said by Team Sky to have 'repeatedly got the best out of his
charges through his sheer enthusiasm and force of personality'.
Police also confirmed that Wiggins, 32, had broken at least two ribs but has otherwise escaped with severe bruising.
His support team who were following him raced to his aid at Wrightington, Lancashire, close to his home near Chorley.
The mum of the cycling champion spoke to the star after the crash.
Linda Wiggins, a school secretary, said: 'I have spoken to him briefly and he's okay.'
Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who also helped Wiggins, said: ‘/11/08/article-2229540-15E8FF7D000005DC-783_634x356.jpg” width=”634″ height=”356″ alt=”Parts of the car that hit Bradley Wiggins outside a petrol station” class=”blkBorder” />
Parts of the car that hit Wiggins outside a petrol station in Wrightington, where he was knocked off his bike
'The ambulance turned up and they treated him for a while. He was up and walking around, but apparently he wasn’t too good.'
Wiggins, a father of two, broke his collarbone in the 2011 Tour de France before recovering to win this year’s event and take gold medal in the Olympic time trial.
The national hero only recently shaved off his ‘lucky’ sideburns.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: 'Police were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6pm this evening.
Scene: A van collided with Wiggins after setting off from a petrol station forecourt
'A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra car. The rider of the bike, a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. His family have been told.'
In a statement on its website, Team Sky said: 'We can confirm that on Wednesday evening Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire.
'He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.
'We will announce more details in due course.'
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TWITTER REACTION TO THE ACCIDENTS
From fellow Olympic medallists to fans of Bradley Wiggins, people have taken to Twitter to offer their messages of support to the Tour de France champion and Team GB's head coach Shane Sutton.
Wiggins' former Team Sky team-mate Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) wrote: 'Really wishing my friend Bradley Wiggins a speedy recovery in hospital after being knocked off his bike by a car yesterday.'
In particular, Wiggins' Team GB team-mates, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott wished the pair well.
Rowsell (@JoannaRowsell) posted on her official page: 'Wishing Bradley Wiggins a speedy recovery'
Laura Trott (@LauraTrott31) expressed disbelief after hearing the news, and said: 'What the hell is happening these days!! Wishing wiggo and shane a speedy recovery x'