Lizzie Armitstead cleared for Rio Olympics after UK Anti-Doping charge for missed tests

The world champion missed three out-of-competition tests in a 12-month period, but was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport due to an error by a UK Anti-Doping official

Lizzie Armitstead Cleared For Rio Olympics After UK Anti-Doping Charge For Missed Tests

Britain s Lizzie Armitstead1 has been cleared to race at the 2016 Rio Olympics2 after being charged by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) for missing three out-of-competition tests. UKAD provisionally suspended world champion Armitstead on July 11, who is aiming for a gold medal in the Rio road race3, after she missed a third doping control in 12 months on June 9; the maximum limit on whereabouts failures in that time limit.

>>> Rio 2016 Olympic Road Race and Time Trial: route, map and schedule4

The 27-year-old was facing a four-year ban by UKAD, but subsequently won a battle in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which ruled in her favour and struck off the first of the three missed tests. A British Cycling funded legal team supported Armitstead in her case, and managed to show that the UKAD official on the morning in question did not make sufficient efforts to contact her while she slept in a hotel on the morning of August 20, 2015.

The Boels-Dolmans rider was tested the following day after the round of the UCI Women s World Cup in Sweden. Her two further whereabouts failures on October 5, 2015 and June 9 still stand, with Armitstead saying the former was a filing fault on her part on the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System.

Lizzie Armitstead Cleared For Rio Olympics After UK Anti-Doping Charge For Missed Tests

Lizzie Armitstead in the 2015 Women s World Road Championships (Photo: Graham Watson)

Armitstead later released a statement saying she was looking forward to putting what had been a difficult situation behind her.

I have always been and will always be a clean athlete and have been vocal in my anti-doping stance throughout my career, Armitstead said.

I am pleased that CAS has accepted my position, having provided detailed information demonstrating the situation around my strikes.

This issue was one of administration and was the result of UKAD not following proper procedure nor fully attempting to make contact with me despite clear details being provided under whereabouts .

I was tested in competition the day after this test, reinforcing my position that I do not cheat and had no intention of not being tested. She continued to say that she would hope for clearer guidelines around those administrating the tests, so no other athlete faces the same situation.

I understand how important it is to be vigilant in my role as a professional athlete and realise the potential implications this could have had.

I would like to thank British Cycling and the team around me for all of their help and support.

I am very much looking forward to putting this situation behind me and firmly focusing on Rio again after what has been an extremely difficult time for myself and my family.

Armitstead now heads to the Rio Games and the road race on August 75, having missed warm-up races through July due to her suspension.


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  4. ^ >>> Rio 2016 Olympic Road Race and Time Trial: route, map and schedule (
  5. ^ Rio Games and the road race on August 7 (

Who said it: Cycling commentator or Alan Partridge?

In the heat of the moment during a sprint finish at the Tour de France, who knows what TV commentators will come out with?

Who Said It: Cycling Commentator Or Alan Partridge?

Cycling commentators have the unenviable job of having to know facts and stats at a split second s notice, and inevitably they sometimes don t get every fact spot on. What s more they have to keep talking even when there might not be much to say during a some of the longer stages1 at this year s Tour de France2 for example and that s when the meaning of what they re saying can get a bit skewed. Under obligation not to allow viewers to watch the cycling action unfold in silence, those on the commentary desk might clutch at straws in their fear of leaving us uninformed.

Sometimes they re even left clutching at the desk itself3. Such scrabbling around for something to say often lends itself to some phrases that would be far more at home on Alan Partridge s show on Radio Norwich. Occasional mishaps aside, cycling television coverage simply wouldn t be what it is today without the informative and welcome input from our sport s favourite television personalities; even if no one can pronounce Louis Meintjes s surname.

So in honour of the army of pundits, commentators and experts who both inform and entertain, we have put together a cycling quiz to see if you can tell your Partridge quotations from your genuine cycling commentary quotes.


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Brian Cookson ‘very concerned’ at further Rio 2016 velodrome delays

Brian Cookson says he is concerned that the Rio 2016 Olympic velodrome will not be completed with enough time to host testing or practice before the Games

Brian Cookson ‘very Concerned’ At Further Rio 2016 Velodrome Delays

Brian Cookson at the 2016 UCI Track World Championships in London (Sunada)

UCI president Brian Cookson1 has expressed concerns that delays in completing the velodrome in the Rio 2016 Olympic Park will mean there will not be time for a test event before August s Games. Cookson, who had previously stated he was confident the 5,000 venue would be complete on time, now worries the velodrome will not be ready for hand-over with enough time for testing.

I m very unhappy about that, Cookson said in an interview with the Associated Press2. The progress still seems to be incredibly slow.

We now believe we don t have any time for any proper test events, and that s very, very worrying.

I want to encourage our friends in Rio to live up to the commitment that they ve made and have the venue finished and operational fully several weeks before the Games.

>>> Peter Sagan may ride MTB at the Olympics after wildcard place is requested3

The president noted that the BMX and mountain biking courses were already complete, but the velodrome, scheduled for completion in March, was still unfinished. A test event in March, and pushed back to April4, was cancelled and Cookson believes there are problems with a planned training weekend at the end of June.

We are very concerned that the major flagship of our sport will be properly presented, Cookson said. Brazilian sports minister, Leonardo Picciani, says work on the velodrome will be finished in June, with only fine tuning needed after that, according to AP.


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  3. ^ >>> Peter Sagan may ride MTB at the Olympics after wildcard place is requested (
  4. ^ and pushed back to April (