Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead; Carpenter rides break to Utah win; Astana wins Vuelta a Burgos TTT; In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case; Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case; Vincenzo Nibali confirms leadership of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team; The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback; Caleb Ewan extends with ORICA-BikeExchange; USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017; Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong; A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way; Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos; Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking – Are we Doing Enough?; Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver; Getting Team Canada dressed for Rio; Getting vehicles dressed for a race

Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case

by VeloClub

As the furore rumbles on about Lizzie Armitstead’s successful CAS appeal over missed whereabouts tests, an international doping control officer has explained to CyclingTips why he believes it was right that she was cleared.

The tester, who spoke on condition of anonymity, wasn’t involved in the Armistead case but has considerable experience at carrying out whereabouts tests in sport.

He feels that CAS was justified in quashing one of her missed tests, a move which spared her a lengthy ban and has enabled her to compete in the Rio Olympics.

“I am surprised that she was in the situation in the first place, but I would be very happy that she won the appeal,” he said on Tuesday.

Armitstead is the current women’s road race champion and a major favourite for the Rio Olympics. She recently missed the La Course race, saying she wanted to keep safe for the Games, but the real reason for her absence was made public on Monday when the Daily Mail revealed that she had been provisionally suspended.

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