WRIGHTINGTON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins left hospital Thursday after a training crash, giving photographers the middle finger as he was driven away.
Wiggins was thrown off his bike on Wednesday evening when hit by a vehicle believed to have pulled out of a gas station in Wrightington, near his home in Eccleston, northwest England.
Lancashire police said the 32-year-old Team Sky rider suffered broken ribs and a wrist injury and had spent the night in hospital.
“We plan to speak to the driver later today as part of our inquiries,” a spokeswoman said.
British media reported that he had returned home after leaving hospital on Thursday.
But as news broke of his release from hospital, it emerged that British Cycling team coach Shane Sutton had been involved in an unrelated accident while cycling near Levenshulme in Manchester, also in northwest England.
Australia-born Sutton, 55, led Britain’s cycling team to a string of medals at the London 2012 Olympics, including gold for Wiggins in the time-trial.
Governing body British Cycling called on the government to improve conditions for cyclists.
“Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads,” the organization said.