Lizzie Armitstead

What rainbow curse? 2016 was the year of the world champion

It’s the most decorated jersey in professional cycling. Win on the right day, and you wear the rainbow stripes for a year, the sport’s symbol of greatness. Yet there’s also an axiom in professional cycling that the rainbow jersey brings with it a curse — whether it be in the form of injury, illness, bad luck, or …

Did the inaugural Women’s WorldTour live up to expectations?

When the inaugural 2016 Women’s WorldTour (WWT) was announced last year it was greeted with much excitement and anticipation. Touted as a “major step forward for women’s cycling,” the series aimed to grow the profile and professionalism of women’s cycling by replacing the existing UCI Women’s Road World Cup with a season-long WorldTour, similar to the …

The inaugural Women’s WorldTour recap in numbers, videos and photos

After 17 rounds of fierce racing, the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour concluded in Madrid yesterday where WiggleHigh5 scored their third Women’s WorldTour victory with Jolien d’Hoore taking the win and teammate Chloe Hosking coming in second. Boels-Dolmans’ Megan Guarnier had already secured the series title several races prior with an impressive lead over second place finisher …

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Wiggins says Armitstead has ‘no excuse’ for missed tests

Speaking in the wake of Lizzie Armitstead’s three missed doping tests, Bradley Wiggins has expressed incredulity about his fellow Briton’s explanation. “When you’re a professional athlete and you’re a world champion, there’s no excuse, because it’s your career,” the multiple Olympic gold medallist and 2012 Tour de France winner told the Guardian. “You’re setting the …

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Anna van der Breggen takes Olympic gold in a nail-biter of a race

While the lead-up to the women’s Olympic road race was somewhat tainted by all the commotion surrounding the three missed doping tests of world champion and top favourite Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans, GB), the race itself did not disappoint. The race culminated in a nail-biter of a second half that saw defending Olympic champion Marianne Vos ( Rabo-Liv, the Netherlands) …

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Off to Rio! Your guide to the women’s Olympic road race

It has been four years since Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) sprinted to victory in a soaking wet London city, beating Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) on the line and celebrating a very emotional win. Four years later, the same two riders are the top favourites for the gold medal. With just days to go until the start of …

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In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case

With recent news that Lizzie Armitstead has been provisionally suspended, which explained her absence at recent Women’s WorldTour events, the world champion saw herself caught up in a media frenzy, days after announcing to publish her autobiography this September. The 27-year-old Boels-Dolmans rider has kept quiet since the suspension started on July 11, until she spoke with the …

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Armitstead: ‘I can only tell you that I am a clean athlete and an honest person’

News broke yesterday that Armitstead’s absence at recent Women’s WorldTour events was due to a provisional suspension after being charged by the UK Anti-Doping agency for three missed anti-doping tests. The 27-year-old world champion faced a ban that would leave her out of the Olympic Games and out of competition for at least two years. …

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

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 …

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Armitstead avoids Rio ban after winning UK Anti-Doping Court case

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 …

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