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‘Do you realise who you’ve just knocked off his bike madam?’ even Wiggo will laugh when he gets over pain of bruised ribs
Fact as they say is often stranger than fiction, and it was truely sureal to hear that one of Britain’s greatest ever cyclists Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike by a woman driver on the eve of the launch of his book ‘My Time.’
The Olympic champion and Tour de France winner was left with a few bruised ribs when he was hit by a Vauxhall Astra van while on a training ride near his home in Lancashire.
Picture the scene when the shell-shocked woman driver was asked by police: ‘Do you realise who you’ve just knocked off his bike madam?’
For comedians around the world it is a priceless punchline for a million jokes. Happily, Wiggo – who was today well enough to be sent home after spending the night in hospital – will surely see the funny side when he gets over the pain. Doctors have confirmed he will make a full recovery.
But in all seriousness, it is time that more was done to protect cyclists. 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.”
Just how serious this issue is has been underlined by the news that Wiggo’s Team GB head coach Shane Sutton has also been knocked off his bike and “suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain.”
Sutton was involved in a collision with a Peugot 206 on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester and is expected to spend several days in hospital.
When I met David Weir after he won his first race at the Olympic Stadium before London 2012 got under way, it was clear that this was a sporting superstar ready to claim the recognition of a much wider audience.
To watch the multi-talented 33-year-old make it four Gold medals at the Paralympics and match Sarah Storey as Team GB’s most successful athlete, has been breathtaking. The unprecedented adulation of the Great British public for Weir and his team-mates is overwhelming – and rightly so.
After adding the T54 marathon to his triumphs at 5,000m, 1500m and 800m, Weir summed it up perfectly when he said: “I had to be in super-human state to win four and I’ve done it.”
Weir, Storey and the great paralympians who have thrilled a global audience over the past 11 days truly are superhamn. There is no other word for it and the way their guts, determination and remarkable skills have been showcased to the world has been absolutely brilliant.
Forget the politics – it is time for England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to join forces and get behind Team GB’s bid for glory at London 2012
Stuart Pearce – the Englishman appointed manager – is absolutely right when he says Britain’s top young stars will all want to take their shot at Olympic Gold.
The Olympics is a unique platform for the world’s finest under 23 players to shine. Remember it was the stage that launched Lionel Messi on the way to becoming the best player on the planet. And Messi was so determined to take part he was happy for Argentinia to take Barcelona to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the argument over whether or not he could play at the Games.
That’s why the likes of Welshman Gareth Bale are expected to ignore pleas by the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish FAs not to take part for fear of losing their national status with FIFA.
Let’s face it does anyone really believe that England, Scotland, Wakes and Northern Ireland will be forced to compete as Great Britain at the FIFA World Cup.
For former Scotland manager Craig Brown to say players who take part will be “selfish” is just pathetic.
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