Shane Sutton, head coach for the Great Britain Cycling Team, was involved in a cycling accident this morning – less than 24 hours after Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike by a vehicle.

Sutton was injured in the incident, which took part on the outskirts of Manchester, just three-and-a-half miles away from the National Cycling Centre.

BC confirmed the details of what happened in a press release issued this lunchtime. It read:

“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.

“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.”

A Team Sky spokesperson told Cycling Weekly that Wiggins was discharged from hospital this morning having collided with a vehicle as it left a petrol station forecourt in Wrightington, near Chorley at around 6pm.

Sutton was a key figure in his dominant Tour de France victory, as well the success in the London Olympics.

  • Brian Smart

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery for both riders.
    I had a crash in a race many years ago. It was a head-on with a car coming the other way, the car was a complete write off and couldn’t even be towed away. I was wearing an old fashioned helmet at the time (unusual in those days for road races) and I survived, half a dozen broken bones including vertebra. My bike was about 3 ft long after the crash. I still have radiator scars on my face and hands. I always use a helmet when I am riding, apart from the safety aspect it helps to keep the rain out of my eyes.

  • Ken Downing

    I have read all the comments posted and agree with most if not all of the points made. We all have to get our game right.
    I live in pudsey Leeds an area between to big cities but not far away from lovely cycling country,but to get to it i have to negotiate lots of traffic. I do this with not much difficulty but i witness lots of errors from all other uses of the road.
    1) Cyclist in dark clothing
    2) No lights at anytime
    3) No reflectors
    4) Riding on pavements
    5) Red light jumping
    6) Verbal bad language
    7) Riding with ear phones in
    8) Passing motorist on the inside,always dangerous.
    Motorist, most have little or no respect for anyone including other motorist, i am not going to make a list of the errors i have seen its too exensive,it is enough to say the attitude is ME ME ME

    Put all of his together it`s wonder we have this accidents and some DEATHS.

  • Harry Henden

    Dear CW, Get well soon Shane Sutton and Bradley Wiggins. The attitued of some drivers towards cyclists is downright dangerous. If an accident is the fault of the driver. there should be stiffer penalt’s. At least a 3 year ban. And made to ride a bicycle. I’m now 63. Long time cyclist. And since 2009 a time trial racer. I also ride a motorcycle.
    I also now rider a 700c penny farthing. And the atitude of some cyclists needs to change as well.
    Yours Mr H E Henden.
    P.S. Sorry about the spelling.
    No spell check.

  • Andy Coatsworth

    I rode a pedal cycle on the roads from the age of 8, and developed an awareness of both road conditions and traffic over a period of almost ten years before the law allowed me to drive a car. Because of the subsequent demise of cycling, now undergoing something of a reversal, we have a generation of drivers who did not go through this learning process or develop the awareness of other road users. Although I have never ridden a motor-bike I believe that motor cyclists, and former motor cyclists, are much more aware of different road conditions than those who have only driven cars. It is ludicrous that for many late teenagers their first experience of controlling any vehicle on the public highway is something as dangerous as a car. One way to reduce the number of car/cycle collisions is to make it mandatory that everyone has to have ridden both a pedal cycle and a motor-cycle before being allowed behind the wheel of a car on the public highway.There is much debate as to whether cycle-helmets should be compulsory. Personally I always wear one when mountain biking, and do a risk assessment and decide accordingly on a ride-by-ride basis for other cycling activities. The benefit of a helmet relative to other possible measures is not high. Safety specialists, and HSE, have a hierarchy of hazard mitigation: Eliminate the hazard, Substitute the hazard with a lesser risk, Isolate the hazard, Use engineering controls, Use administrative controls, Use personal protective equipment. That’s right – personal protective equipment – a cycling helmet – is the last resort and likely to be the least effective means to improve safety. Unfortunately a helmet is about the ony risk reduction under a cyclist’s control.

  • roginoz

    Matt–All major roads in UK are designated A- roads,especially those with a low number like 6 !! Get aroad atlas . Also it was by a big conurbation i.e. Manchester.
    Rob hope you are OK now. Many truck and car drivers consider other VEHICLES are in their way let alone bikes. They cant understand why people still ride bikes when they could buy a car! This is still the age of the car . Here in Oz its the age of the 4 wheel drive/SUV .I say to each of them…perhaps youll get a brain for Christmas. Personally I take my bike out of town in the back of my car,park up then ride on quiet roads. Admittedly its MUCH QUIETER here but there are still idiots about ,called HOONS HERE. I used to do the same thing in UK although there was another reason..I parked at a great pub so I could have a beer after my ride!..Enville Ale-the best..I really miss that. I used to see Shane out training , he married a girl from Darby End , Dudley. I also used to see Hughie Porter. I digress..GWS Shane.

  • Peter Dickens

    It is not only the drivers that need to change , in my part of the midlands we have some cycle paths , but they are not used due to the amount of broken glass on them . Local councils build the paths and think that is the end , they are never cleaned , cars block them even lamp posts are put in the middle of them . There is a lot to be done before cycling becomes safe . I was hit by a car in april and was lucky . I lived to tell the tale and only had a broken hip . But please everyone wear a helmet . It did not help with my injuries but now I am making a claim , it seems to be a very big thing in my favour .

  • Rob Reed

    I feel for anyone knocked off their bike, i was knocked down by a lorry at 60mph on the a316 in January from the side as it turned into me on a straight rd. Hit and run and with all the camera’s and speed camera’s not one could indentify the lorry that hit me. Lucky not to be killed. Had helmet, lights, reflective gear that lights up like a skeleton all over my body.

    Luckly only my bike and iphone were written off and amazingly i broke no bones while flying across the a316 and rolling out of the way of oncoming cars. The bike path beside this section is so overgrown the council do not seem bothered by making that safe for cyclists too?

    There need’s to be heavy fines and prision sentences for drivers and lorry drivers. Not enough is done by the government or Police. The drivers should be sent on bike awareness courses like they do with the speed awarness course.

    Kind regards


  • Matt

    Just out of interest…what lights, reflective and/or hi-viz clothing was Brad wearing and how major a road is the A6?

    Noted that Shane was wearing a helmet, but curious to ensure we (people with a huge passion for cycling) are doing our bit and cannot be accused of taking unnecessary risks. If the answers to the above questions are all showing due care from the people with a passion for cycling (accepting these guys ride quicker than most) and there were no naive manouevres involved, then we should bang the ‘give cyclists room’ drum even harder.

    However ; if this is not the case, just as it is for the many idiots clad in black/ dark clothing , without lights and no helmets that I see every day…and doing the red light jumping trick to boot-then maybe we should get our act together first.

    Matt – a person passionate about cycling and driver (like many others).

  • andy gunn

    you can always trust cw, to be first with the news that counts.time to LOBBY the halls of power?sky and bc now onboard



  • michael elliott

    best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    have known shane since ralaigh banana days.
    british cycling has very much to thank him for making us no1 nation.

  • Ken Evans

    I think that it is more dangerous on the roads around the time of the clock-change.
    People need time to adjust to the different lighting conditions.

    Sutton has done an incredible amount for the BC racing team,
    it is difficult to over-state his importance to BC.

  • David Maynard

    Two high profile, experienced, cyclists taken out in two days!! Now will the powers that be, take notice and do something about making the roads a safer place for cyclists. Many cyclists are drivers too and pay their road fund licences, so are just as entitled to use the roads on a bike. The attitude of the average motorist towards the cyclist is appalling – so impatient to overtake sometimes I can’t believe the risks they take to get past. Perhaps every driver should have to cycle to work for a week to find out for themselves just how badly many drivers endanger cyclists!

  • ian

    get well soon Shane and Brad, hopefully this isn’t some kind of conspiracy against Team Sky…

  • Bian Welsh

    Two high profile accidents in one day. However this is the thin end of the wedge. The Olympics has hightened people desire to ride their bikes, but all of us who have been at it for a few years, have either been knocked off and injured or have friends either injured or killed by motorists.

    Until drivers realise they are in control of a lethal weapon and the courts reflect this in sentencing, then some drivers will continue to think the are the only people allowed on the road. What they forget, is most of the cyclists out there, own a car and pay road tax, therefore keeping their bills down.


  • T Anderson

    Very sorry to hear this.
    My first reaction was: One for the pro helmet law camp.
    As the filming of shane on TV during the Summer showed he wasn’t wearing one. However, the press release above said he was.

    The Pro Helmet Law campaigners would have us believe wearing one saves us from all evils. The reality is they only give some protection to the head, and no protection to the rest of the body.

    I wear a crash helmet 100% of the time, as little protection is better than none! Just believe a stupid law deflects attention from the real issue CYCLISTS GET RUN DOWN!