If I put my ball breaking hard ass hat on it’s with much regret that if I was in charge of the women’s cycling team I would swap out Lizzie Armitstead for Dani King and here’s why.
While the press have a shit at the double standards in the doping lynch mobs in regards to the mess surrounding Lizzie Armitstead I believe that a punitive punishment needs to be applied and that as a Armitstead fangirl is a difficult thing to say.
Not testing positive isn’t the same as being clean and the only thing worse than being dirty is appearing as though you might be avoiding having your testing done at all.
Firstly the BBC is already making excuses and trying to control adjust the narrative with the sports reporter saying something to the effect that “ well she missed one test but passed it with a sample taken the next day”, the message being that Lizzie is clean.
Now given that I am at heart a jaded cynic the first thought I have is that half-life of micro dosing is hours and when you’re talking about the science doping and the investment that people have put into cheating 24 hours is a life time.
Then next excuse was that a room number wasn’t put on a form which if you’re new to the sport and you’re still learning what’s expected then something so innocent could be accepted, but that isn’t the case. Being a world champion at something takes experience and I’m sure that when you’re at that level you might have someone to take care of that kind of admin but if this is your career then surely in a world of marginal gains the details, all details should matter and if someone can’t be bothered to put the room number on a form then I doubt they have the attention to detail required to keep count of how many missed tests.
Like it or not taking Lizzie to Rio only undermines the wider teams as people will point to her and say doper and then extrapolate that the whole team is potentially dirty while wrapping it all up in a nice little bow of corrupt testing and lenient treatment of our top sporting talent when we are willing to punish every member of the Russian Olympic squad.
The rules are there for a reason and if you break those rules you need to be slightly spanked for it and no matter how much I love her riding style, I love her enthusiasm, the way she encourages young girls and women to get on their bikes and her gushing ambassadorial spirit for the sport. Sorry Lizzie I’d have you stay at home so you can use the time to think about perhaps giving the testers a bit of respect for the job they need to do, and how missing these test with weak excuses reflects on others.
Women’s sport needs to take the best of the men’s sport without the need for some doping pissing contest.
I deeper explanation on my view on dopers can be found here