First Briton to finish Tour de France injured in bike crash

Cyclist Brian Robinson, the first Briton to complete the Tour de France, has been injured after a collision with a car while on his bike.

Brian Robinson in 1956
Brian Robinson in 1956

The 83-year-old was cycling with friends when the crash happened, just three miles from his home in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

He was taken to hospital where he is being treated for a suspected broken collar bone and cuts and bruises.

Brian Robinson in 2012
Brian Robinson in 2012

Robinson 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.

He was also an ambassador for the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France, which saw millions of people line the county's streets earlier this month.

Gary Verity, the man behind Yorkshire's Tour de France bid, showed his support for Robinson on Twitter.

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