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1ST LEAD UK anti-doping agency accepts Armitstead victory at CAS By Derek Wilson, dpa

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - The United Kingdom Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) on Tuesday said it accepted world champion road cyclist Lizzie Armitstead had successfully challenged a missed doping test and was free to compete at the Olympics.

Late Monday Armitstead, 27, revealed she had gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overturn the first of three missed doping tests in the last year which would have seen her suspended from the forthcoming Rio Games.

"We respect the outcome of the CAS hearing against Elizabeth Armitstead," UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead said.

"When UKAD asserts a Whereabouts Failure against an athlete, the athlete has the opportunity to challenge the apparent Whereabouts Failure through an external Administrative Review, before it is confirmed.

"Ms Armitstead chose not to challenge the first and second Whereabouts Failures at the time they were asserted against her. At the CAS hearing, Ms Armitstead raised a defence in relation to the first Whereabouts Failure, which was accepted by the Panel."

Armitstead, a silver medallist in the Olympic 2012 road race, successfully challenged a missed test from August 20, 2015, when she claims doping control did make a strong enough attempt to access her at the hotel she was staying in during an event in Sweden.

Further tests were missed on October 5 last year and June 9 this year which would have generated an automatic ban for three missed tests in the space of 12 months.

Armitstead accepted she was at fault for them but in a statement defended herself in relation to the first incident.

"I was tested in competition the day after this test, reinforcing my position that I do not cheat and had no intention of not being tested," she said in a statement.

However, not everyone is pleased Armitstead is now free to take part in Sunday‘s road race.

"Given huge amount of resources@their disposal, having multiple missed tests/filing failure is a monumental cockup!" British Olympic rower Zac Purchase tweeted. "Imagine what we would be saying if she was Russian ... #NotWorthIt #KeepSportClean."

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