First British rider to take part in the Tour de France receives £15,000 after getting knocked off his bike by a car, aged 84.

British cycling legend Brian Robinson, the first British man 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 car driver knocked him off his bike in July last year.

Mr Robinson, 84, from Mirfield in West Yorkshire was cycling with friends in Thornhill in West Yorkshire on 16 July 2014 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 the Octogenraian still rides 80 miles every week and was back on his bike in six weeks after the incident.

As a member of British Cycling, Mr 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 8 months after making the claim.

Andrew Bradley head of the cycling team at law firm Leigh Day, who dealt with Mr Robinson’s claim, said:

“Cycling is Brian’s life and we are extremely pleased to have played a role in getting him back on his bike. It has also been an honour to have helped a legend of the cycling world in his legal claim.”

Brian Robinson said: “ I would have preferred that it had not happened, but I have been pleasantly surprised by how this incident has been handled through my British Cycling membership.


“I have had a great medical once over and I am obviously pleased with the compensation which has enabled me to get back on my bike as quickly as possible.”