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Dani King loses Rio Olympics appeal

Olympic Champion says there's not much more she can do after failing in her appeal to support Armitstead in the Olympic road race...

Olympic Champion Dani King says her appeal for a place in the Great Britain road cycling team for the Rio Games has failed.

King, who won gold in the team pursuit at London 2012, previously claimed the selection process was unfair.

The 25-year-old told BBC London: "I have been told they felt they had gone with the selection criteria."

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Despite being the second-highest ranked British rider, she was not selected for Team GB, a decision she said she was heartbroken about.

Emma Pooley and Nikki Harris were chosen to support lead rider, Lizzie Armitstead, in the women’s road race on August 7 – although both riders are ranked below King, the BBC points out.

King made her appeal through a new route introduced by British Cycling following consultation with the British Olympic Association.

"I don't think there's much I can do any more, so I will just be on that reserve spot for Rio," she said.

King last night won the London stage of the Red Hook Criterium Championships for her Wiggle High5 team after lapping the field. She hopes to compete in the Road World Championships later this year.

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