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Bradley Wiggins pulls out of The Jump with broken leg

The champion cyclist suffered a small fracture to his leg after injuring himself during the snow-cross competition.

Bradley Wiggins has been forced to pull out of The Jump after breaking his leg.

The 36-year-old champion cyclist has suffered a string of injuries on the Channel 4 winter sports show, and his representative has now confirmed he has officially pulled out of the series after sustaining another one.

"Bradley injured his leg during training and although keen to continue in the competition he will no longer take part following the fourth show in the series," the representative stated.

Bradley also took to social media to comment on the injury, tweeting: "Gutted to be leaving The Jump. I wanted to give you an injury update... Seen a specialist, I have a small leg fracture & need to rest for 3/6 weeks. Good news no surgery or cast required. Huge thanks to the crew & good luck to all of the cast. Due to the way the show is filmed I'll still be on until show 4, so tune in.'

"No horror smash, small training injury which means I can't compete. No terrible break, no cast, just need to rest it."

The fracture was the latest in a string of injuries for the athlete, who hurt his ankle in practice and then tore his calf muscle on the launch night show.

It was reportedly when Bradley was competing in snow-cross training - a cross between ice skating and skiing through obstacles - that he fell and broke his leg.

Bradley wasn't seen on Sunday night's (12Feb17) episode, which was pre-recorded from the second weekend, but he will appear in next week's (19Feb17) show, as that jump was recorded before his new injury.

Meanwhile, comedian Mark Dolan became the second celebrity to exit The Jump via the normal means on Sunday's show.

He competed against Emma Parker-Bowles, Spencer Matthews, Caprice, Robbie Fowler and Amy Willerton in the final ski-jump, but while his competitors all jumped over 10 metres, he only managed 9.2 metres.

Speaking to host Davina McCall after his departure was announced, Mark said: "I think it's the best thing I've done in my life. I mostly did it to meet Caprice, so I've done that! I didn't get the jumping bit right, but I wouldn't change a thing."

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