Lizzie Armitstead: ‘I’ll have to accept that people will doubt me forever’

World champion Armitstead says she’s struggling to come to terms with the ordeal of the last week’s news about her Whereabouts Failures

Lizzie Armitstead: ‘I’ll Have To Accept That People Will Doubt Me Forever’

Lizzie Armitstead1 says she ll have to come to terms with the fact people will always be sceptical about her career after the news about her Whereabouts Failures2, but reaffirmed that she had never cheated in any way.

The world champion was talking to the BBC in Rio ahead of this weekend s Olympic road race3, where she ll aim to take gold, but said the result won t do anything to change people s opinions and that she remains devastated by events since Monday4.

>>> Lizzie Armitstead will ride in Rio but unanswered questions remain5

In this situation I m never going to win. If I win the road race, people will say it s because of something else, Armitstead said.

I m absolutely devastated because people are going to judge me and my family. I will never cheat in any walk of life.



It was revealed earlier this week6 that the 27-year-old had been cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of a missed out-of-competition test in August last year, having faced a ban by UK Anti-Doping after she tallied-up three Whereabouts Failures7 in a year. But despite being cleared by CAS and providing an explanation8 of traumatic family circumstances for the third failure, Armitstead says she will have to begin to understand that people will always have doubts about her performance.

I m not at the point of accepting it yet but I will have to come to the point of accepting that people will doubt me forever, she said.

It has been very emotional it has been been a rollercoaster that I m glad to get off. I m very grateful to be here to race.

People will think I m a cheat for the rest of my life and that s because of not ticking a box on a form, and I don t mean to make it sound trivial it s not it s a fight we all have to take responsibility for and as world champion I should take it higher than anyone else.

But something happened to me and my family that I couldn t control and that s more important to me than cycling.

References

  1. ^ Lizzie Armitstead (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ news about her Whereabouts Failures (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Olympic road race (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ since Monday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Lizzie Armitstead will ride in Rio but unanswered questions remain (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ revealed earlier this week (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Whereabouts Failures (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ providing an explanation (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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