The head coach British Cycling is fighting for his life after being knocked off his bike while cycling in Levenshulme, Manchester, today.
The Australian mastermind Shane Sutton was rushed to hospital with bleeding on the brain after being crashed into while pedalling on the A6 this morning.
The shocking news comes less than 24 hours after Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins was hospitalised after a woman van driver ploughed into him near his home in Chorley.
A spokesman for British Cycling said: “We can confirm that Shane Sutton, Head Coach for the GB Cycling Team, was involved in an incident this morning on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester. Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain.
“Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days.”
Wiggins was discharged from hospital this morning with broken ribs, the woman who crashed into him was expected to be quizzed by police again this afternoon.
Although two serious crashes to the team are causing concerns for road users, British Cycling insist that incidents like this are uncommon.
“It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery,” they added.
“Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads.”
British Cycling are now calling on the government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure that cycle safety is built into the design of all new roads, junctions and transport projects, rather than being ‘an afterthought’.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly before 8.55am today police were called to Stockport Road (A6) near to the junction with Clare Road in Levenshulme.
“A 54-year-old man from Cardiff was riding a bike when he was in collision with a blue Peugeot 206 being driven by a 61-year-old man.
“He suffered a head injury in the collision and was taken to Hope Hospital for treatment. It is now believed he may have suffered a small bleed on the brain and concussion. He is now in a stable condition.”
The driver of the Peugeot was not injured.
Part of Stockport Road was closed while emergency services attended the scene but was reopened at about 10.45am.