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Cycling hero hospitalised

Cycling hero hospitalised

Published at 8:18am 17th July 2014. (Updated at 9:44am 19th July 2014)

A Yorkshire sporting hero has been admitted to hospital after being knocked off his bike.

Brian Robinson, 83, suffered a suspected broken collarbone, along with cuts and bruises, following a collision with a car near his home in Kirklees.

In 1958, Robinson became the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France and remains one of the pioneers of professional cycling in this country.

Recently, he's given several media interviews in the lead-up to Yorkshire's hosting of the Tour's Grand Départ.

His name was regularly cited by the Tour’s director, Christian Prudhomme, as an example of Yorkshire's rich cycling history.

It was just one of the reasons which persuaded Prudhomme to bring the race to the region.

Earlier this year, Brian spoke to Stray FM about his continued love of cycling and use of a modern electronic bike.

He said: "I retired 20 years ago and unfortunately when you retire you lose a lot of contact with people.

"Cycling has been a way of keeping contact with people you like and it gets me out into the fresh air as well."