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

Mark Cavendish and Brian Robinson

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.

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.

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Nigel Wynn
Nigel Wynn

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.