Brian Robinson in hospital after road collision

Britain's first Tour de France stage winner, Brian Robinson, 83, in collision with car whilst out cycling

British cycling legend Brian Robinson was involved in a collision with a car whilst out cycling on Wednesday afternoon in West Yorkshire.

The incident happened in Thornhill Lees at around 1.20pm, leaving Robinson, 83, with severe cuts and a suspected broken collarbone, according to the Dewsbury Reporter. He will stay in Pinderfields Hospital overnight for observation.

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Robinson became the first British rider to win a stage of the Tour de France in 1958, a feat that he repeated the following year when he won a stage from a lone attack by over 20 minutes. Robinson’s success in the 1950s ushered in a new era for British cycling.

Robinson was involved with bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire for its Grand Depart this year.

“It’s both tragic and ironic that an ambassador for cycling and someone who helped to bring the Tour de France here was brought down within walking distance of his home,” said Robinson’s son-in-law Martyn Bolt.