Chris Froome and I hung out to dry in doping cases, says Lizzie Deignan

• Deignan: UK Anti-Doping should have protected my reputation
• ‘Unfortunately for Chris his reputation is tarnished’

Lizzie Deignan has claimed Chris Froome has been denied a fair process in his anti-doping case and criticised the testing authorities for not doing more to protect her reputation when she missed three drugs tests.

Deignan, known as Armitstead until she married Team Sky rider Philip Deignan in 2016, said Froome’s name had been unfairly tarnished. The Guardian and the French newspaper Le Monde made public the fact Froome had returned an adverse finding to a urine test submitted during his Vuelta a España victory last September.

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