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Cyclist Van Vleuten tweets hospital picture after crash

Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten has tweeted her first picture from hospital after her horrific crash while leading the Olympics women's road race in Rio on Sunday.

Van Vleuten thanked her fans for all their messages of support, and said that although it was "hard to deal with my disappointment", she was proud of the Dutch team's performance.

Van Vleuten suffered a severe concussion and three small fractures in her lower back as a result of the crash.

Fellow Dutch cyclist Anna van de Breggen won gold in the race, while Team GB's Lizzie Armitstead finished fifth.

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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."

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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.

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