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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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Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead 'very sore' after race crash

Olympic silver medal-winning cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has reassured fans that she is "ok but very sore" following a crash at the first stage of the Women's Tour in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

As the 26-year-old crossed the finish line in first place, she raised her hands in a victory celebration and got caught by a spectator, sending her tumbling off her bike.

She was rushed to hospital with a suspected broken leg, but has confirmed that her injuries are less serious:

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Lizzie Armitstead: Lance Armstrong's actions 'unforgivable'

Olympic medallist Lizzie Armitstead has slammed disgraced Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong on Twitter. She took to the social media site to brand his actions 'unforgivable'. Armstong was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles last year after being plagued by allegations of doping.

The Otley olympian anticipated negativity from supporters of Armstrong on the notoriously rowdy website and added: "I am happy the truth has come out for the good of cycling. I am not naive, cycling is not 100% clean but which sport is?

I am a part of a new generation of cyclists who compete honestly and quite rightly feel upset and disappointed that it is suddenly an expectation of me to be a politician. Cycling is a beautiful sport which I love... and [I] believe in everyone's right to an opinion"

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Olympic silver medallist's parents thrilled with London 2012 success

Lizzie Armitstead claimed Great Britain's first medal with silver in the women's road race on Sunday and her parents said they always had confidence she could bring home a medal.

Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead with her silver medal following the women's road race at The Mall in London. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Speaking about their daughter's success on Daybreak, John and Carol Armitstead said: "We were confident and we had faith in Lizzie.

"All of our family are 100 per cent behind her and everybody's part of this success."