Shane Sutton set to leave hospital as officials predict complete recovery

Last Updated: 09/11/12 4:46pm

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Shane Sutton pictured with Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy

Shane Sutton pictured with Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy

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Shane Sutton should make a full recovery from head injuries sustained in a bike crash earlier this week.

British Cycling's head coach was hospitalised with bleeding on the brain just hours after a separate accident left Bradley Wiggins with bruised ribs.

The Tour de France winner has since been released, and Sutton's discharge is imminent.

A British Cycling statement read: "Shane is making steady progress but is likely to remain in hospital for one more day under observation.

"He has fractured his cheekbone which will require surgery in due course. He is expected to make a complete recovery and will be back in work shortly."

Sutton was wearing a helmet when the incident occurred and the headgear was credited with playing a major role in ensuring his injuries were not significantly worse.

The 55-year-old, Dave Brailsford's right-hand man at British Cycling and Team Sky, suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain but those injuries are understood to not be a concern.

British Cycling performance director and Team Sky principal Brailsford visited Sutton in hospital Thursday night.

Sutton has worked with the British team since 2002 and has been credited with playing a major role in transforming the fortunes of the sport in this country.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2010 for his services to sport.

His career began as a road and track cyclist, where he won numerous titles including a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 1978 team pursuit competition and the 1990 Milk Race.

He split his time between the track and the road in coaching this year's British competitors at the London Olympics and has worked closely with Wiggins for some time, playing a major role in the 32-year-old's transformation to become Britain's first Tour de France winner.

Wiggins spent a night in hospital in Preston after a vehicle collided with him on Wednesday evening near his home in Lancashire.

He was thrown off his bike when a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station in Wrightington and collided with him.

Wiggins suffered minor injuries, including bruises to his right hand and ribs, and he is now recovering at home in Eccleston, near Chorley.

Wiggins' wife Cath wrote on Twitter: "He is getting spoilt rotten...at least for a while."

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