Tour de France champion and Manchester-based cycling hero Bradley Wiggins is recovering in hospital after being thrown off his bike in a road crash.
The 32-year-old was pedalling near his family home in Eccleston, Chorley, when a van ploughed into him after pulling out from a petrol station.
The woman driver was devastated after she found out it was father-of-two and seven-time Olympic medallist Wiggins that she had knocked off their bike.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Police were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6pm yesterday.
“A cyclist has been involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy van. The rider of the bike, a 32-year-old local man, was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. His family have been told.”
Wiggins spent the night in hospital and is expected to be discharged soon to make a full recovery.
His cycling group Team Sky said: “We can confirm that on Wednesday evening Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire.
“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.
“We will announce more details in due course.”
The woman was spoken to by police and is due to attend further questionning by officers voluntarily.