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by Shane Stokes
July 28, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Cavendish still targeting Merckx record, also chasing Olympic gold in 2020; Dan Martin diagnosed with vertebral fractures; BMC Racing Tour de France team targets San Sebastian success; Tour de France runner-up Uran and Phinney confirmed for Colorado Classic; Lizzie Deignan, one year after whereabouts scandal; Professional riders’ association CPA votes to also represent female riders; Transcontinental Europe race begins on Friday, dedicated to Mike Hall; Car/cyclist ‘radar’ trialled in Adelaide; Video: Celebrating rider at GP of Beverly loses race victory and some skin
It’s now been a year since Lizzie Deignan’s (née Armitstead) whereabouts controversy sparked a media frenzy just days before the Rio Olympics.
Unbeknownst to the press, Deignan had been placed under provisional suspension in July of 2016, after being charged by the UK Anti-Doping agency for three alleged whereabouts violations, dating back to 2015. The news broke when Deignan and a legal team funded by British Cycling appealed UKAD’s charge at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The appeal was successful and the first of the three violations was removed from her record, thereby lifting her suspension and escaping a potential four-year ban.
Since then, Deignan’s world champion stripes have changed hands, her Boels-Dolmans team has gained a new queen, and all seems quiet on the whereabouts front.
Still, at a time when the overall faith among the British about the integrity of sport is already low, the whole ordeal has left some mistrust among the fans of one-time darling of British cycling. It’s also left a bitter taste in the mouth of Boels-Dolmans Director Sportif Danny Stam.
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