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by Mark Zalewski
August 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dahl sprints to biggest career win in Utah; Van Poppel sprints to Vuelta a Burgos opener win; Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case; Nicole Cooke weighs-in on Armitstead missed tests; UCI expands WorldTour calendar for 2017; Froome: Team GB leader not decided for Rio; Atapuma, Dombrowski headline Tour of Utah GC battle, host of others look to spoil the duel; Lars Boom returns to LottoNL-Jumbo; Hugh Carthy joins Cannondale-Drapac for 2017; The next generation: Meet the 2016 WorldTour stagiaires; Germans bring extra track sprinter to Rio; Truck driver reported after filming road rage incident with cyclists; Trailer: “The Grey Escape”; Specialized Olympic bikes have colour-changing paint; Daniel Oss hair toss
When Lizzie Armitstead didn’t line up for the past two Women’s WorldTour events in July, it didn’t seem to surprise anyone. She’s stated many times that her complete focus this summer would be on her preparations for the Olympic road race coming up on Sunday. But today we learned that the world champion was in fact suspended due to several missed doping tests, and faced a ban that would have her miss out on Rio as well as racing in general for the next four years.
UK’s Daily Mail today broke the news that Armitstead was charged last month by the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) for missing three doping tests in a 12-month period and was facing a four-year ban including the Rio Olympics. The so called ‘whereabouts’ anti-doping program requires athletes to provide their whereabouts at all times so they are available for out-of-competition testing at any time and without advanced notice.
UKAD cites that Armitstead failed to provide accurate information regarding her whereabouts on three separate occasions, dating back to August 20, 2015. The other two whereabouts failures were committed on, October 5, 2015 and June 9, 2016.
Armitstead was suspended on July 11 pending disciplinary action, hence missing any races in the build-up to the Olympics. Armitstead and a legal team funded by British Cycling went up against UKAD at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on July 21 and successfully had the first of the three failures removed from her record, due to an error on the doping officer’s part.
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