Initially it was suspected that Wiggins had broken his ribs. After an overnight stay in hospital, the Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion was diagnosed with bruised ribs and hand.
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“Bradley has been discharged from hospital after suffering minor injuries, including bruises to his right hand and ribs, but is expected to make a full and speedy recovery,” said Team Sky medic Dr Richard Freeman. “He is now going to spend the weekend at home convalescing with his family.”
Wiggins collided with the car as it left a petrol station forecourt in Wrightington, near Chorley at around 6pm on Wednesday. The driver of the white Vauxhall Astra is helping police with their enquiries.
In addition to becoming the first British rider to win the Tour and clinching the Olympic TT title, Wiggins won Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine in his best season yet.
Great Britain cycling team head coach Shane Sutton was also involved in a cycling incident less than 24 hours after Wiggins. The incident happened on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester. Sutton was taken to hospital suffering from bruising and bleeding on the brain.