Brian Robinson given £15,000 compensation after car collision

First Briton to finish the Tour de France receives payout after being knocked off his bike in West Yorkshire

Brian Robinson, by Chris Auld

Brian Robinson has received £15,000 in compensation for the injuries and bike damage which he suffered in a collision with a car last July.

The Yorkshireman, who became the first Briton to win a Tour de France stage with victory in stage seven to Brest in 1958, was knocked off his bike while out riding in Thornhill Lees.

The incident came just two weeks after Yorkshire's Tour de France Grand Depart, for which he had been a high-profile ambassador.

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He suffered six broken ribs, a punctured lung and a serious cut to his arm, as well as a broken collarbone, and said at the time: "I feel that I'm finally a cyclist now that I've had a broken collarbone. I've joined the club at last."

Brian Robinson recovers after being hit by a car

Robinson in hospital shortly after his crash

After the payout, Robinson, who still gets out on his bike twice a week, added: "I have had a great medical once over and I am obviously pleased with the compensation, which has enabled me to get back on my bike as quickly as possible."

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