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Simon Yates fails drugs test, team takes ‘full responsibility for administrative error’

Team doctor failed to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption for asthma inhaler, according to Orica-GreenEDGE

Simon Yates has returned an ‘adverse analytical finding’ for a banned substance – but the British rider’s team, Orica-GreenEDGE, has cited an administrative error after the team doctor reportedly failed to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption for an asthma inhaler.

The 23-year-old tested positive for Terbutaline in a doping test conducted after stage six of Paris-Nice – a race in which Yates finished seventh overall.

However, Orica-GreenEDGE have come to the rider’s defence, taking “full responsibility for the mistake” and that there was “no wrongdoing” by Yates.

Simon Yates has returned a positive test for Terbutaline (Pic: Sirotti)

“The substance [Terbutaline] was given in an ongoing treatment of Simon Yates’ documented asthma problems,” read the statement. “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.”

Orica-GreenEDGE say Yates’ use of an inhaler was noted by the team doctor in the Doping Control Form signed at the time of the test, on March 12.

The story was broken by the Daily Mail on Thursday night and the team has said it is concerned by the leak.

The British rider’s team, Orica-GreenEDGE, has taken “full responsibility” for an “administrative error” (Pic: Sirotti)

“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,” the statement continued.

Yates and his brother, Adam, who is due to start the Tour de Yorkshire today (Friday April 29) signed for Orica-GreenEDGE ahead of the 2014 season.

News of Yates’ failed test will come as a further blow to British Cycling, following the resignation of technical director Shane Sutton earlier this week amid claims of sexism and discrimination.

Sutton is alleged to have told Jess Varnish to “go and have a baby” after the sprinter’s Olympic contract was not renewed, while subsequent allegations of discrimination against Paralympic athletes later emerged.

British Cycling announced an inquiry into the allegations, while Sutton, who “rejects the specific claims”, resigned to ensure the issue did not “become a distraction” with less than 100 days to go until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Orica GreenEDGE statement regarding Simon Yates’ adverse analytical finding

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.

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