While her appeal was upheld, it was hardly the perfect build up to a Games she had spent four years preparing for.
Given the distractions she did well to even be on the starting line of the women’s road race which wound 140km around some of Rio’s most spectacular scenery.
A packed diary of interviews and photoshoots had been scheduled for just after her return from Rio.
Her publishers no doubt hoped she would be able to pose with her second Olympic medal, quite possibly a gold. Just a few days before the opening ceremony, the 27-year-old cyclist found herself in a media storm over a series of missed drugs tests which almost left her career in tatters.
At the time, she’d barely believed she’d done it, crossing the finish line agasp, hand across her mouth after winning the sprint from a nine-rider breakaway group. “I’ve come close a lot of times in my career at different events.
Family and friends gathered for the celebration with crowds of well wishers gathered in the autumn sunshine outside the Victorian church.
Ironically Lizzie was held up on her way to the Church when her vintage coach got caught behind a loan cyclist.
Lizzie who finished fifth in the road race at the recent Rio Olympics, was accompanied up the aisle by her flower girls and bridesmaids, who donned full-length dresses in varying shades of green - thought to be a nod to Philip's Irish roots.
About now, Lizzie Armitstead should have been gearing up for the publication of her autobiography.