Cycling - Wiggins in hospital after collision with van

Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins will spend the night in hospital with minor rib injuries after a collision with a van near his home in Lancashire.

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins

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Wiggins' remarkable year did not stop with the small matter of becoming the first British rider in history to win the Tour de France. He got back on his bike to play a starring role in the London 2012 opening ceremony, before drawing on his remaining reserves of energy to win gold in the men's time trial.

"A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white van. The rider was taken to hospital with relatively minor rib injuries, possible fractures," Lancashire Police said.

Police were alerted to the incident in Wrightington at 6pm after reports of a road traffic accident.

Wiggins, 32, often rides the roads near his home where he lives with his wife and two children.

"His family are aware," said police, adding they had spoken with the van's driver.

Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France in July with Team Sky.

"He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery," Team Sky said.

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