First Brit to finish Tour de France awarded £15,000 in compensation after falling from his bike to avoid motorist

Cycling legend Brian Robinson, the first Brit to finish the Tour de France and win a stage of the world’s most famous cycle race, has received £15,000 compensation after a motorist knocked him off his bike in July last year.

The eighty-four year old Robinson, from Mirfield in West Yorkshire was cycling with friends in Thornhill in West Yorkshire when a car pulled out in front of him; the collision threw him to the ground and he suffered a fractured collarbone and ribs, a punctured lung as well as a deep cut on his forearm which took 10 weeks to heal.

In 1955 Mr Robinson became the first Briton to finish the Tour de France and in 1958 was the first to win a stage pioneering the way for sixties cycling heroes Barry Hoban and Tommy Simpson as well as the current crop of British cycling talent.

Today Robinson still rides 80 miles every week and was back on his bike in six weeks after the incident.

As a member of British Cycling, Robinson was able to make a claim following his accident through his membership benefits. He received a £15,000 settlement for the costs of his bike and for his injuries.

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