Bradley Wiggins was back on the bike just nine days after he was knocked over by a van.

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It was initially feared Wiggins, 32, was thought to have suffered broken ribs and a dislocated finger as he was thrown off his bike near his home in Lancashire last week. However he suffered only minor injuries, including bruises to his right hand and ribs.

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And the seven-time Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France champion gave a thumbs up rather than the finger for the cameras as he made a swift return to the saddle.

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  • Bradley Wiggins crash

    A general view of Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire where Tour de France cycling champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins was taken after he was involved in a crash in Wrightington at about 6pm yesterday evening.

  • Bradley Wiggins crash

    A general view of Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire where Tour de France cycling champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins was taken after he was involved in a crash in Wrightington at about 6pm yesterday evening.

  • Bradley Wiggins crash

    A wing-mirror at the scene of a crash in Wrightington, Lancashire in which Tour de France cycling champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins was involved in at about 6pm yesterday.

  • Bradley Wiggins crash

    The scene of a crash in Wrightington, Lancashire in which Tour de France cycling champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins was involved in at about 6pm yesterday.

  • Bradley Wiggins crash

    A wing-mirror at the scene of a crash in Wrightington, Lancashire in which Tour de France cycling champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins was involved in at about 6pm yesterday.

  • Bradley Wiggins crash

    A wing-mirror at the scene of a crash in Wrightington, Lancashire in which Tour de France cycling champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins was involved in at about 6pm yesterday.

  • Bradley Wiggins crash

    File photo dated 28/07/12 of Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins crossing the finish line on The Mall in central London after the Men's Road Race at the London 2012 Olympics as the Tour de France cycling champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins is recovering in hospital after a collision with a vehicle.

  • Bradley Wiggins sitting on the throne after winning the cycling time trial at the London 2012 Olympic Games