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Cycling legend Brian Robinson in hospital after crash

The world of British cycling has wished legendary rider Brian Robinson a speedy recovery after he was injured in a crash while out on his bike in West Yorkshire.

Robinson in 1956

The 83-year-old, who was the first Briton to win a stage on the Tour de France in 1958, has been taken to hospital less than a fortnight after he was one of the guests of honour when the famous race visited his home county of Yorkshire earlier this month.

The veteran road racer was cycling with friends on Wednesday when he was hit by a car just three miles from his home.

Emergency services were called to Lees Hall Road in Thornhill Lees, near Dewsbury, at around 1.20pm and rushed Robinson to hospital where he is being treated for a suspected broken collar bone and cuts and bruises.

The pioneering cyclist's son-in-law Martyn Bolt, a Conservative councillor for Mirfield in West Yorkshire, said the family was "shaken up" by the crash.

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He was descending a road when the collision happened. He has suffered multiple bruises and lacerations and what looks like a broken collar bone. Skin and blood came off. Your leg is one of the places that is hurt when you are hit and bounce across the road, but unlike many cyclists on the Tour de France, he hasn't got as much padding as some of the younger ones. 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. He likes to go out twice a week to keep fit and spend time with his friends. Inactivity is not something that sits well with him. It has obviously really shaken the family up.

– Martyn Bolt, son-in-law
Robinson in 2012

He said Robinson's wife Audrey dashed to his bedside at the surgical assessment unit at Pinderfields Hospital, in Wakefield, after hearing the news.

The rider was one of the poster-boys of Yorkshire's successful bid to get the Grand Depart of the Tour de France to the county and has even had a beer named after him.

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Robinson, who lives in the small town of Mirfield, was a trailblazer for British cycling on the continent, becoming the first Briton to finish the Tour de France in 1955 and the first to win a stage in 1958.

Mr Bolt said the crash should be a warning to drivers to look out for cyclists.

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

– Martyn Bolt, son-in-law