Simon Yates tests positive for terbutaline
The Daily Mail reports that Simon Yates of Orica – GreenEdge failed an anti-doping test submitted in March at Paris-Nice. He finished seventh at the 2016 edition of the week-long race and was fifth in the final stage around Nice, France.
The 23-year-old, who races with his twin brother Adam on Orica, was aiming for a spot on Great Britain’s Olympics team.
Like many top British riders, Simon Yates began his cycling career as a track cyclist. He won a world championship in the points race in 2013. His only win as a pro road cyclist was stage 6 of the Tour of Britain that year.
Sportsmail obtained a brief statement from British Cycling: “British Cycling can confirm that it has been notified by the UCI of a potential anti-doping rule violation against a British rider based on an analysis of a sample provided in competition.”
Late on Thursday, Orica – GreenEdge issued the following statement:
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.
The positive result is for the substance Terbutaline.
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.