Payout for cycling boss

A Team Sky cycling boss has received undisclosed damages from a council after she swerved to avoid a pothole and then injured herself badly as she hit another, say her lawyers.

Team Sky leader accepts damages after pothole accident

Fran Millar has accepted undisclosed damages for serious injuries she suffered when her bike went over a pothole in Oldham.

The business leader at Team Sky was riding through the village of Uppermill three years ago when the accident happened.

Tim Scott reports.

Warning: this report contains graphic images of Fran Millar's injuries which some viewers may find distressing.

Oldham Council respond to pothole payout

Oldham Council issue statement on pothole injury

Councillor Dave Hibbert, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, said: “We’re glad that Fran Millar has made a full recovery.

We would advise all cyclists to wear helmets when riding.

“There is a national pothole funding crisis – Oldham is no different..

On massively reduced budgets we must assess and prioritise all potholes on the basis of risk.”

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Council compensate cycling boss over pothole injury

A Team Sky cycling boss has received undisclosed damages from Oldham Council after she swerved to avoid a pothole and then injured herself badly as she hit another, say her lawyers.

Fran Millar is head of business operations at Team Sky Credit: David Davies/PA

Fran Millar, 34, was thrown from her bike in High Street in the town, and was knocked unconscious after she landed heavily on her face and hand.

The head of business operations at Team Sky, and sister of professional cyclist David Millar, suffered fractures to her cheek, jaw and fingers, and had several teeth knocked out in the incident in May 2010.

Law firm Leigh Day said today it had successfully settled a claim against Oldham Council for a defect in the road.

Penny Knight, from Leigh Day, said: "It was clear that the damage to the road, which caused this crash, was a result of poor resurfacing after the road had been dug up by the council for works to underground pipes.

"We all pay for the upkeep of the roads through our council tax and income tax. Councils therefore have an obligation to ensure all roads are suitable and safe for all users."

Ms Millar, who is back at work and recently completed the Etape du Tour, a 198km amateur stage of the Tour de France, said: "I feel extremely lucky to be back on my bike again with both my physical and mental scars healed or healing.

"A crash like this happens so suddenly it can shake your entire confidence on the bike. One minute you are cycling along, the next you're being wheeled into an accident and emergency department.

"More people need to be encouraged to ride their bikes. We are now a cycling nation and councils must make sure that we can all enjoy the road safely.

Had I not hit the pothole caused by these road works I would have been forced out into the road into the path of motorists. Having safe roads benefits everyone."