Lizzie Armitstead says she will be judged whatever happens at Olympics

After a tumultuous week defending herself the gold medal chances of the Briton in the Olympic road race could have been diminished

Lizzie Armitstead appears to have accepted that whatever the outcome of the women’s Olympic road race in Rio on Sunday, the result will prove secondary to the furore that has embroiled her this week after a court of arbitration in sport ruling over an alleged “whereabouts” failure cleared her to compete in the race that has been her principal target for the past 10 months.

“In this situation I’m never going to win,” the world champion told the BBC. “If I win the race, people will say it’s because of something else, and if I lose, people will say it’s another reason.

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