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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
News broke yesterday that Armitstead missed three out-of-competition anti-doping tests and was suspended until the case was resolved. Her suspension was lifted after Armitstead’s legal team successfully had one violation removed from her record. After several request from the media, Nicole Cooke, a former Olympic gold medalist and celebrated British cyclist, weighed in on the anti-doping case involving world champion Lizzie Armitstead.
“In 14 years of tests I have one recorded missed out of competition test,” said Cooke. “Completing the ADAMS identification system is a necessary part of the life of a professional athlete, but the athlete is at liberty to select the time during the day they make themselves available. Also, in the event of life getting in the way, the system does allow for athletes to notify the testing authorities by either by sending a text message or ringing a hotline up to one minute before the one hour window opens and changing it.”
“When I brought this up with UKAD as too permissive a regime, allowing the drug cheats too much latitude, I was advised that regular late changes to availability would be noted and would then draw more targeted testing on that individual. I hope that is the case.”
Cooke said that a missed test is not uncommon, listing the missed tests incidents of Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish.
“My missed test was my own fault… it was my duty to be there, available at the place I said I would be available and my missed test rightly stood on my record. I learnt from it, as others do,” said Cooke. “That is what all athletes want and sport needs. Fair rules to be applied fairly, at all times, to all athletes.”
Read Cooke’s full response.