Simon Yates accepts four month period of ineligibility: June 17th 2016

ORICA-GreenEDGE rider Simon Yates has announced that he will be accepting the four month period of ineligibility imposed on him as per articles 10.2.2 and of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules. The ban relates to the presence of a prohibited substance, Terbutaline, used to treat Simon's asthma, which was found in a doping control test held on 12 March 2016 post stage 6 of Paris-Nice. Due to the low degree of fault or negligence on Simon's part, he has received a significantly reduced ban:

The last few months have been very long and extremely painful, not only for me but for my family and friends. I received a notification from the UCI in mid-April that they had discovered the prohibited substance terbutaline in my control test sample from Paris-Nice. Unbeknown to me, this substance was in the medication prescribed to treat my asthma during the race, asthma being a condition I was diagnosed with as a child and have suffered with since then.

Whilst the medication prescribed was clearly stated on the doping control test form by my team doctor, he made an administrative error by failing to apply for the necessary TUE for the use of this medication.

Therefore I regrettably have to accept the punishment issued by the UCI. Even though I was not aware of taking any banned substance at the time of the test or until I was notified of the adverse analytical finding, ultimately the responsibility is on the athlete to know exactly what they are taking and what they are putting into their bodies.

Simon has cooperated with the UCI fully on the circumstances of his anti-doping test. Therefore, the start period of his ineligibility is backdated to 12 March 2016 in accordance with article 10.11.2 of UCI Anti-Doping Rules. Simon will return to racing at the Tour of Poland next month:

I have dedicated the last thirteen years of my life to the sport of cycling. I have worked incredibly hard in this period and am proud of all my success to date. Unfortunately as a result of an honest mistake of my team doctor, whom I trusted wholeheartedly, there will now be a doubt cast over my name, my previous results and any future glories.

I would like to apologise to my colleagues for once again casting our sport in a negative light. I am very embarrassed and ashamed of this whole situation but I am determined to move forward thus will not be making any further comment publicly about the case.