TOUR DE FRANCE cycling champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins is recovering in hospital after a traffic collision.
Wiggins (32) was thrown off his bike when a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him.
A police source said his injuries from the crash were thought to be very serious at first, but later it appeared he suffered a number of broken ribs and cuts and bruises.
The accident happened at about 6pm yesterday near to his family home in the north of England.
The driver of the Astra, a local woman, was uninjured.
Garage attendant Yasmin Smith, who rushed to Wiggins' aid, said: "By the time I got there he had moved to a safer place but was still on the ground and in a lot of pain.
"He said he thought he had broken his ribs and while a lot of police cars arrived it was about 15 minutes before the ambulance got there, by which time he was blue."
In a statement on its website, Team Sky said: "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.