Simon Yates of Orica-GreenEDGE fails drug test

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The 23-year-old British rider apparently failed a drug test conducted during stage 6 of Paris-Nice, on March 12th earlier this year. Orica-GreenEDGE said in their official statement that they were notified of this fact in April 22nd, a week ago.

The positive substance was Terbutaline and the team claims that it came from an asthma inhaler and was given to Simon Yates by the team doctor. However, before being able to give this substance to Simon, the doctor should have applied for a Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE), but failed to do so. Orica-GreenEDGE claims that the doctor takes full responsibility on the matter and so does the team itself. They say that Simon himself did not do anything wrong.

This piece of news is a blow for the young British rider as among others he was a strong contender to be part of the Great Britain Olympic team for velodrome. This is as well a second disturbing event within a week for British cycling after technical director Shane Sutton left after allegations of sexism and discrimination.

The entire statement made by Orica-GreenEDGE:

“On April 22, the team was notified that Simon Yates has an adverse analytical finding from a test conducted at Paris-Nice, stage 6 on March 12, 2016.

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The substance was given to Simon Yates in the form an asthma inhaler and accordingly, this was noted by the team doctor on the Doping Control Form, signed at the time of the test.

The substance was given in an ongoing treatment of Simon Yates’ documented asthma problems. However, in this case the team doctor made an administrative error by failing to apply for the TUE required for the use of this treatment. 

The use of Terbutaline without a current TUE is the reason it has been flagged as an adverse analytical finding. This is solely based on a human error that the doctor in question has taken full responsibility for.

There has been no wrong-doing on Simon Yates’ part. The team takes full responsibility for this mistake and wishes to underline their support for Simon during this process.

The team is concerned by the leak of this information and has no further comments until there has been a full evaluation made of the documentation, statements and evidence that the team and Simon Yates are now submitting to the UCI in order to clarify everything”.

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