Sutton 'making steady progress'

Shane Sutton is expected to leave hospital this weekend

Shane Sutton is expected to leave hospital this weekend

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British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton is set to be released from hospital after suffering a head injury while riding his bike in Manchester.

Little more than 12 hours after Tour de France champion and four-time Olympic gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike, his mentor Sutton was involved in a collision with a Peugeot 206 being driven by a 61-year-old man in Levenshulme on Thursday morning.

A British Cycling spokesperson said: "Shane is making steady progress but is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation. He has fractured his cheek bone which will require surgery in due course. He is expected to make a complete recovery and will be back in work shortly."

Sutton was wearing a helmet when the incident occurred and the headgear was credited with playing a major role in ensuring his injuries were not significantly worse.

The 55-year-old, Dave Brailsford's right-hand man at British Cycling and Team Sky, suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain but those injuries are understood to not be a concern.

Sutton has worked with the British 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.

He split his time between the track and the road in coaching this year's British competitors at the London Olympics and has worked closely with Wiggins for some time, playing a major role in the 32-year-old's transformation to become Britain's first Tour de France winner.

Wiggins spent a night in hospital in Preston after a vehicle collided with him on Wednesday evening near his home in Lancashire.

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

Wiggins suffered minor injuries, including bruises to his right hand and ribs, and he is now recovering at home in Eccleston, near Chorley.

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