Sutton injured in road accident

Shane Sutton, GB cycling head coach, has been hospitalised with bleeding on the brain following a road accident while on his bike.

The news adds to what has been a troubled 24 hours for British Cycling following the incident which saw Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins admitted to hospital after a collision with a vehicle on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for British Cycling said: "British Cycling has confirmed that Shane Sutton, head coach for the GB Cycling Team, was involved in an incident this morning on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester.

"Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain.

"Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days."

The spokesperson added: "It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery.

"Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads.

"British Cycling is calling on the government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure that cycle safety is built into the design of all new roads, junctions and transport projects, rather than being an afterthought."

Wiggins, 32, was thrown off his bike when a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him.

A police source said his injuries from the crash were thought to be very serious at first, but later it appeared he suffered a number of broken ribs and cuts and bruises.

He was released from hospital this afternoon.

The accident happened at about 6pm yesterday in Wrightington, Lancashire, which is near to his family home in Eccleston.

Father-of-two Wiggins is known to regularly embark on training rides around the area's rural roads.

The driver of the Astra, a local woman, was uninjured.

Police sources said the collision involving Sutton, on his bike, and a Peugeot 206 car took place at about 8.55am near the junction of Stockport Road and Clare Road in Levenshulme.

The driver of the Peugeot was not injured.

No arrests were made.

North West Ambulance Service confirmed a cyclist was taken to Salford Royal Hospital with a head injury following reports of a collision with a car on the A6 at 8.50am.

The cyclist was said to be conscious and breathing when taken away by


Australian Sutton, 55, has worked with the GB Cycling team since 2002 and has been credited with playing a major role in transforming the fortunes of the sport in this country.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2010 for his services to sport.

His career began as a road and track cyclist where he won numerous titles including a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 1978 team pursuit competition and the 1990 Milk Race.

He split his time between the track and the road in coaching this year's

British competitors at the London Olympics.

Throughout his career at GB Cycling, he was said by Team Sky to have

"repeatedly got the best out of his charges through his sheer enthusiasm and force of personality''.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "A man from Cardiff was riding a bike when he was in collision with a blue Peugeot 206 being driven by a 61-year-old man.

"He suffered a head injury in the collision and was taken to Hope Hospital for treatment. It is now believed he may have suffered a small bleed on the brain and concussion. He is now in a stable condition. The driver of the Peugeot was not injured.

"Part of Stockport Road was closed while emergency services attended the scene, but was reopened at about 10.45am. Inquiries are ongoing.''