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Bradley Wiggins: Van Driver Cath Burrows Summoned By Police

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A woman who allegedly knocked champion cyclist Bradley Wiggins off his bike with a van has been reported for summons by police.

After a formal interview, Cath Burrows, 44, has been summoned by Lancashire Police over driving without due care and attention.

Olympian Wiggins, who this summer became the first Briton to win the Tour de France, was taken to hospital with a bruised hand and ribs after the collision near his home in Lancashire on Wednesday.

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Cyclist Bradley Wiggins was injured in a road accident

Wiggins was taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital following the crash in Crow Orchard Road, Wrightington, shortly after 6pm on Wednesday.

The incident happened when a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy drove out of a garage forecourt.

It was reported that Wiggins was riding a mountain bike to meet a group of local cyclists near to his home in Eccleston.

The 32-year-old is now recuperating at home, and issued a statement on his condition on the Team Sky website, saying: "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages over the last 48 hours, and of course all the staff at the Royal Preston Hospital who looked after me so well.

"Although I'm still a little bit sore I will now be spending time at home with my family and concentrating on making a full recovery. I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike soon and continuing my preparations for the 2013 season."

He also issued an apology putting his middle finger up at photographers as he travelled home from hospital.

He added: "I would also like to apologise for the gesture that I made when I arrived home. I was tired, in a lot of pain, and just wanted to get inside, but I shouldn't have reacted the way I did. I'm sorry for that."

In a statement tonight, a police spokesman said: "Following a voluntary attendance for interview with Lancashire Police, a 44-year-old woman from West Lancashire has been reported for summons for driving without due care and attention.

"However an investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is still under way."

In a separate road accident, British cycling head coach Shane Sutton was also admitted to hospital yesterday with a fractured cheek bone.

Sutton, 55, was in a collision with a blue Peugeot 206 driven by a 61-year-old man on the A6 Stockport Road in Levenshulme while riding a bike shortly before 8.55am yesterday.

He was part of the management team which has helped Wiggins to many successes including the world's toughest bike race and this year's time trial gold medal at the London Olympics.

It is understood that Burrows will not necessarily go to court but a file will be put together between the Force Road Policing Unit and Central Processing Unit with a recommendation as to what the sanction should be.

No decision will be made until the file has been finalised and reviewed.

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