Bradley Wiggins is due to be released from hospital today after being injured by a car on a training ride.
The 32-year-old was involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy van outside a petrol station in Lancashire last night.
Wiggins, who trains on roads near his home, is thought to have suffered broken ribs, cuts, and bruises in the accident, which happened in Wrightington, a village near his home in Eccleston.
A statement posted on Team Sky’s website last night 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.”
Petrol station attendant, Yasmin Smith, was the first to come to Wiggins’ aid.
“I came straight outside to see a gentleman sat on the pavement, but I didn’t realise who he was,” she told ITV’s Daybreak programme.
“I just went over to help. The ambulance and the police had been called.”
She added that the driver had been shocked by the collision and became more concerned when informed by the police that she had hit the 2012 Tour de France champion.
Ms Smith said: “She was very upset, even more upset when the police actually said ‘do you realise who you’ve hit?’.
“That really put her back, because obviously she felt bad enough.”