Wig­gins and Sut­ton mak­ing progress af­ter crashes

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Bradley Wig­gins and British Cy­cling's head coach Shane Sut­ton were mak­ing progress af­ter sep­a­rate crashes, of­fi­cials said, with the Tour de France win­ner vow­ing to get back on his bike soon.

Sut­ton was taken to hospi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing bruis­ing and bleed­ing on the brain in a bike ac­ci­dent on Thurs­day, a day af­ter British Olympic time trial cham­pion Wig­gins was also in­volved in a smash on an English road. Wig­gins was dis­charged from hospi­tal "Bradley Wig­gins is con­tin­u­ing to make good progress fol­low­ing his road traf­fic ac­ci­dent on Wed­nes­day evening," his Sky team said in a state­ment.

"Fol­low­ing fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion Team Sky's med­i­cal staff can con­firm that as well as bruis­ing he also has a frac­tured rib, a bruised lung and a dis­lo­cated fin­ger. These in­juries are be­ing mon­i­tored and he will make a full and speedy re­cov­ery."

Wig­gins, known for his out­spo­ken rants, spoke of his grat­i­tude to those who had helped him since his ac­ci­dent and said sorry for stick­ing his fin­ger up at pho­tog­ra­phers as he ar­rived home.

"Al­though I'm still a lit­tle bit sore I will now be spend­ing time at home with my fam­ily and con­cen­trat­ing on mak­ing a full re­cov­ery," he said. "I would also like to apol­o­gize for the ges­ture that I made when I ar­rived home yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. I was tired, in a lot of pain and just wanted to get inside, but I shouldn't have re­acted the way I did. I'm sorry for that.

"I'm look­ing for­ward to get­ting back on the bike soon and con­tin­u­ing my prepa­ra­tions for the 2013 sea­son." The woman who al­legedly knocked Wig­gins off his bike in her van has been sum­moned by po­lice over driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion, me­dia re­ports said. Sut­ton was also knocked off his bike and his con­di­tion is im­prov­ing too. "Shane is mak­ing steady progress but is likely to re­main in hospi­tal for one more day un­der ob­ser­va­tion," a spokesper­son for British Cy­cling said.

"He has frac­tured his cheek­bone which will re­quire surgery in due course. He is expected to make a com­plete re­cov­ery and will be back in work shortly."

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