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Tour De France Legend In Hospital After Crash
The first British cyclist to finish the Tour de France has been admitted to hospital after a collision with a car while on his bike.
Brian Robinson, 83, was riding with friends when the crash happened as he cycled down a hill three miles from his West Yorkshire home.
Paramedics were called to the scene in Thornhill Lees at around 1.20pm and transferred Mr Robinson to hospital where he was being kept in overnight while he was treated for a suspected broken collar bone and cuts and bruises.
The cyclist's son-in-law Martyn Bolt, a Conservative councillor for Mirfield in West Yorkshire, said the family was "shaken up" by the crash.
He said: "He was descending a road when the collision happened. He has suffered multiple bruises and lacerations and what looks like a broken collar bone. Skin and blood came off.
"Your leg is one of the places that is hurt when you are hit and bounce across the road, but unlike many cyclists on the Tour de France, he hasn't got as much padding as some of the younger ones.
"We don't know how long he will be in hospital for, but we are hoping he will be back on his bike before too long. He likes to go out twice a week to keep fit and spend time with his friend.
"Inactivity is not something that sits well with him. It has obviously really shaken the family up."
Mr Bolt said the rider's wife Audrey rushed to his bedside at Pinderfield Hospital after hearing about the crash.
Mr Robinson laid the foundations for British competitors in the Tour de France as the first Briton to finish the race in 1955 and first to celebrate a stage win in 1958.
He was also an ambassador for the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France, which saw millions of fans line the county's streets to cheer on the world's best cyclists earlier this month.
Gary Verity, the man behind Yorkshire's Tour de France bid, said on Twitter: "Thoughts & prayers tonight for Brian Robinson please."