Wiggins out of Tour de France

Bradley Wiggins of Britain waits to take the start of the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 218 kilometers (135.5 miles) starting in Le Mans and finishing in Chateauroux, central France, Friday July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Bradley Wiggins of Britain waits to take the start of the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 218 kilometers (135.5 miles) starting in Le Mans and finishing in Chateauroux, central France, Friday July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Chorley cyclist Bradley Wiggins has crashed out of the Tour de France after a multiple pile-up during stage seven on Friday.

The Team Sky rider - who was fourth overall in 2009 - broke his left collarbone in the collision with roughly 40km of the stage remaining.

Wiggins, who lives on the outskirt of Chorley, was sixth in the race at the time of the collision.

The 31-year-old had been in good form heading into the competition after winning the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné in June.