Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins released from hospital with broken ribs after crash

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain competes in the Men's Individual Time Trial Road Cycling on day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 1, 2012. Getty Images, Pool

CHORLEY, England Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins was released from a hospital with broken ribs a day after a collision with a car while cycling.

Wiggins was injured Wednesday near a gas station in Lancashire, Northern England. Along with the broken ribs, he had cuts and bruises.

Team Sky said "the injuries he sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery."

Wiggins gave Britain its first Tour de France title and won a gold medal in the London Olympics time trial. He is widely expected to be knighted by the end of the year.

Meanwhile on Thursday, British Cycling coach Shane Sutton was hospitalized with a head injury after being involved in a road cycling accident in Manchester.

British Cycling said doctors discovered Sutton had "suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain," adding that he "is set to undergo more tests and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days."

In the wake of the two accidents, British Cycling is urging the government to improve safety measures for cycling, the Telegraph reports.

"Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads," read a statement from the organization.

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