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Lizzie Armitstead wins appeal to compete in Rio Games

Lizzie Armitstead appealed over an anti-doping rule violation. Credit: PA

Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has been cleared to compete in the Rio Olympic Games after winning an appeal against an anti-doping rule violation over her whereabouts.

The 27-year-old London 2012 silver medallist faced a suspension for three failures relating to her whereabouts which led her missing drug tests.

But she appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which ruled UK Anti-Doping's doping control officer had failed to follow procedure and her August 2015 missed test was declared void.

She has two other missed tests on her record and a further absence would lead to a rule violation and sanction.

Armitstead said she was pleased that the CAS accepted her position, adding: "I have always been and will always be a clean athlete and have been vocal in my anti-doping stance throughout my career."



Wiggins to reunite with Cavendish at Six Day London

The pair teamed up to win Madison gold at the world track championships in March. Credit: PA

Sir Bradley Wiggins will reunite with Mark Cavendish to race at this year's Six Day London event in October.

Wiggins, who had previously suggested he would retire after this summer's Olympics in Rio, but has signed up to compete alongside Cavendish in what he calls "the double act everyone wants to see".

The pair teamed up to win Madison gold at the world track championships in March and will be back at the capital's Lee Valley VeloPark for the first time since that triumph.

Wiggins, who will be aiming for a fifth gold medal and British record eighth podium appearance if selected for Rio, said: "It's going to be great. This has got to be the double act everyone wants to see isn't it?

"Winning the Madison at the Worlds was incredible and this might well be the last chance that people get to see us together.

"I was gutted not to be able to ride it last year, but this year the timing just fits so I'm hoping it will be a great way to celebrate a successful fifth Olympic Games, back in London."

Sprint ace Cavendish added: "One of the first things I said to Brad after we won the Madison on the track in London was 'we have to do London Six Day together'.

"The Six Day experience is something else - the atmosphere will be right up there with the World Championships, the music's loud and the racing is brutal. It'll be great to team up with Brad again and we'll be going for the win.

Thomas pens new contract extension at Team Sky

Thomas has signed a new deal at Team Sky. Credit: PA

Geraint Thomas has signed a contract extension to remain with Team Sky.

The Welshman, 29, has been an integral member of Team Sky since its inception in 2010.

Thomas switched his focus to stage races this season, winning the Volta ao Algarve in February before claiming his first Paris-Nice title in March.

Speaking from Team Sky's training camp in Tenerife, he said: "Signing again was an easy decision. Team Sky feels like home. From the other riders to the staff, I love it here.

"I've only really just started when it comes to trying to win stage races. I'm learning all the time about how to get in the best shape for them and how to lead a team.

"For me, this year started with winning Paris-Nice and is now about going to the Tour in the best shape possible to support Froomey. After the Tour we can start looking to next year and keep setting bigger and better goals.

"It's about keeping that progression going, and Team Sky is the best place to do that. I'm just super happy being part of the team."

No British riders in 2016 Giro d'Italia

Giro favourite Vincenzo Nibali. Credit: PA

The Giro d'Italia will take place without a British rider for a second successive year.

Two Irishmen, Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche, are slated to start the year's first Grand Tour, which begins in Apeldoorn, Holland with a 9.8-kilometres time-trial on Friday.

Alex Dowsett had been expected to start for Movistar, but the Commonwealth Games time-trial champion has undergone surgery to remove a plate and screws on his collarbone.

Team Sky have eight Britons on their 29-rider roster, but none are in the squad for the Giro, which finishes in Turin on May 29.

Deignan and Roche were on Tuesday named in Team Sky's nine-man line-up, as support riders to Spaniard Mikel Landa.

Landa and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) are the favourites for the pink jersey.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), the winners in each of the last two years, do not start as July's Tour de France is their priority this year.

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