Cycling medalist hurt in hit-and-run crash


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Gold medal-winning cyclist Simon Richardson, 44, was airlifted to hospital after a hit-and-run incident with a van yesterday morning.

The cyclist was thrown from his bike after a crash on the A48 outside Bridgend.

Police said he was apparently struck by a van travelling in the same direction.

A 59-year-old man from the Cowbridge area has been arrested. Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

Mr Richardson was left disabled after a serious car accident in 2001, with no feeling on the left side of his body.

He took up cycling again in 2005 on a specially-adapted bike powered by his right leg.

He won two cycling gold medals and one silver in the Beijing Games in 2008.

He received an MBE in 2009.