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Shane Sutton hospitalised after car accident - updated

13:50 9th November 2012 by Timothy John
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Team GB’s head coach, Shane Sutton, suffered a fractured cheekbone as the result of a collision with a car yesterday.

Shane Sutton. Picture: Team Sky

Shane Sutton has been hosptialised with bruising and bleeding on the brain after a collision with a car while cycling. Picture: Team Sky

The Australian, who is also a member of the senior management at Team Sky, was “involved in an incident” on the A6 near Levenshulme, Manchester.

Sutton was taken to hospital where an assessment revealed bruising and bleeding on the brain.

Today (Friday November 9) a British Cycling spokesman said:

“Shane is making steady progress but is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation.

“He has fractured his cheek bone which will require surgery in due course.

“He is expected to make a complete recovery and will be back in work shortly.”

Sutton’s accident came a day after that of Bradley Wiggins, whose Tour de France victory he had masterminded.

The Olympic gold medalist was knocked off his bike by a white Vauxhall Astra van exiting a petrol station forecourt in a village near his home in Ecclestone, Lancashire.

Wiggins was released from hospital yesterday with bruising to his ribs and an injured hand. He is recovering at home.

The high-profile collisions have pushed cycle safety to the top of the news agenda and brought renewed calls for greater measures to protect cyclists.

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