Brian Robinson, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France in 1958, and make the podium in Milan-San Remo, is in hospital in Sheffield, making a slow recovery after a fall when cycling last month.

Robinson, 79,  was cycling with friends when in a rare moment of inattention, he fell heavily. Detained in hospital overnight, he was released next day with ‘minor’ injuries.

But he was far from well enough to attend last month’s Dave Rayner Fund-raising dinner in Harrogate – Robinson is president of the Fund –  to welcome chief guests Bradley Wiggins, Russell Downing and Sir Jimmy Savile.

Dinner guests signed a get-well card for their missing host, but it turned out he needed more than kind thoughts.

It was discovered he had sustained severe bruising to the groin, which led to complications, and he returned to hospital for a series of operations. When these were only partially successful he was transferred to another hospital, under the care of a specialist in this type injury.

Otherwise, Robinson is in good health and frustrated at losing his fitness. He sends his best wishes from his hosital bed and would welcome visitors. He is in Sheffield Northern General Hospital, Ward Huntsman 4.

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  • James Murphy

    Dear Brian,
    I have just caught up with the news about your nasty fall last December and the resulting complications. I do hope these are now history. As another well-wisher has already said, you really were a great inspiration to all of us cycle racing participants in Britain during the 1950s/1960s. I’m seventy now and still riding my bike but, needless to say, I no longer ride at the front. I nice comfortable place on some young whippersnapper’s wheel suits me fine. Again, I wish you all the best and hope you are well and truly back on the bike.

  • John Wilcockson

    Wishing you all the best, Brian, for a speedy recovery from everyone here in the States. You continue to be an inspiration.