Bradley Wiggins has made the front page of the Sun newspaper for two days running after his crash on Wednesday night.
Today the red top leads with ‘OMG! I’ve knocked down Wiggo’ on it’s front cover. Page five is devoted to the story where the paper reports that van driver Cath Burrows repeatedly wailed; “What have I done? Oh my God, I’ve just knocked over Bradley Wiggins,” after the incident.
The Mirror printed different quotes from Mrs Burrows: “Everyone will hate me. Of all the people to hit – bloody Bradley Wiggins!”
Wiggins was knocked off his bike on Wednesday night near Chorley in Lancashire, as the van driven by Mrs Burrows was leaving a petrol station forecourt. Wiggins was kept in hospital over night as a precaution and the full extent of his injuries was diagnosed as bruised ribs and hand.
The 2012 Tour de France winner was meant to appear on the Chris Evans Radio 2 Breakfast show on Thursday, and the Graham Norton show tonight, Friday November 9. Both appearances had to be cancelled after the crash.
The incident got widespread coverage in the media with most of the daily papers covering both Wiggins’ and Shane Sutton’s crash. Sutton, Wiggins’ coach and mentor, was knocked off his bike the following day, when riding to Manchester Velodrome.
Sutton suffered some bleeding on the brain and a fractured cheekbone but was expected to be discharged from hospital on Saturday, November 10.
Wiggins was photographed leaving hospital on Thursday, showing the waiting paparrazi his good middle finger on his left hand. Both papers were keen to point out the crash came after Wiggins shaved off his (now considered) “lucky” sideburns.