Cycling legend, 83, knocked off bike

Brian RobinsonBrian Robinson is being kept overnight at Pindersfield Hospital following the crash

British cycling legend Brian Robinson, 83, has been taken to hospital after being knocked off his bike near his home in West Yorkshire.

The pioneering veteran road racer was hit by a car while out riding with friends in Thornhill Lees on Wednesday.

He is being kept in hospital overnight and is being treated for a suspected broken collar bone.

In 1955 he became the first Briton to finish the Tour de France and in 1958 was the first to win a stage.

Mr Robinson was travelling down Lees Hall Road, in Thornhill Lees, at about 13:20 BST when he came off his bicycle.

His son-in-law, Martyn Bolt 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.

“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.

Brian RobinsonBrian Robinson raced seven times in the Tour, winning two stages, and he finished in 14th place in 1956

“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 Robinson, who lives in Mirfield, west Yorkshire, is regarded as a trailblazer for the sport in Britain and his successes inspired the talents of Tom Simpson and Barry Hoban who followed him.

He was also an ambassador for bringing this year’s Tour de France to Yorkshire earlier this month.

The move was regarded as an unprecedented success among the race organisers as millions of spectators lined the roads to cheer on the world’s best cyclists.

Mr Bolt believes his father-in-law’s crash should be a reminder to all drivers about the presence of cyclists on the roads.

“With the legacy of the Tour de France coming to Britain more cyclists will be on their bikes and they can go quite fast,” he said.

“Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike near his home, and now a Tour de France pioneer has been knocked off his bike just three miles from his home.

“Drivers must be cautious. I would urge everybody to take a couple of seconds to make sure they are not putting somebody’s husband, father or son in jeopardy.”

Personalities from the cycling world have taken to Twitter to wish Mr Robinson well. Gary Verity, the man behind Yorkshire’s Tour de France bid, said: “Thoughts prayers tonight for Brian Robinson please.”

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