Eccleston cyclist Bradley Wiggins was this week recovering at home after being knocked off his bike.

The Tour de France champion and Olympic gold-medallist was involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy last Wednesday.

The 32-year-old spent a night at Royal Preston Hospital suffering from bruising, a fractured rib, a bruised lung and a dislocated finger.

Van driver Cath Burrows, 44, from West Lancashire, has been summonsed by police for driving without due care and attention.

Mr Wiggins, who became the first Brit to win the yellow jersey at this year’s Tour de France, thanked well-wishers.

He said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages over the last 48 hours, and of course all the staff at the Royal Preston Hospital who looked after me so well.”

He said he would be recovering at home with his family, adding: “I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike soon and continuing my preparations for the 2013 season.”

Mr Wiggins also apologised for his rude gesture to photographers after he came out of the hospital.

He said: “I would also like to apologise for the gesture that I made when I arrived home.”