The British rider is still free to compete as the substance he tested positive for does not entail a provisional suspension from the UCI

Simon Yates is free to compete despite the confirmation on Thursday that he used asthma drug Terbutaline without permission during the Paris-Nice stage race in March. Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, says that the nature of the substance does not require a provisional suspension.

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that the 23-year-old Englishman failed a test for Terbutaline. Australian WorldTour team Orica-GreenEdge confirmed the anti-doping test result and that it had made an error in not apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). With a TUE, a rider may freely use the substance.

Yates’s test results in Paris-Nice on March 12 showed traces of Terbutaline, a beta-2 agonist for the treatment of asthma. He finished the race seventh overall behind winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky).

“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms that British rider Simon Yates has been notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding of Terbutaline,” said the governing body.

“As per the UCI’s Anti-Doping Rules, such substance does not entail the imposition of a provisional suspension.”

Yates, from Bury, may request the testing of the B sample. It is unclear if he will since Orica said in a press release “the substance was given in an ongoing treatment of [a] documented asthma problem.” If needed, the Legal Anti-Doping Services will contact Yates and organise the opening of the sample.

The legal service will examine the case and supply information to all parties, including team Orica and the UCI’s legal counsel. The legal service and the UCI could agree on a warning or some other type of reaction, or ask the UCI Anti-Doping Commission to do so.

Rugby Union player Scott MacLeod faced a similar Terbutaline situation in 2008 and was cleared of an anti-doping violation. In 2015, Norwegian cyclist Vegard Robinson Bugge received a four-month ban for using Terbutaline.

Orica said that the team doctor made an error in not applying for a TUE and that it takes responsibility for the case.

“We really said it all in the press release,”Orica General Manager Shayne Bannan told Cycling Weekly. He was on the way this morning to the start of the Tour of Yorkshire, where Yates’s twin bother Adam is racing.

“We are going through the process with the UCI and we need to get all the facts together. There is a big care factor here, we are supportive of Simon, and Adam his brother.

“The team [here in Yorkshire] realise what is going on with Simon, and Adam his brother is dealing with it. They realise that the race is starting today and they need to get out there and do their job.”

  • ian franklin

    Richycyclo: Then let us all know. As for Ummm: some people always look for trouble lad and you are one of them.

  • richcyclo

    yes I do.

  • Simon Hare

    Yates hasn’t escaped a ban, that has yet to be decided. He may or may not, we have to wait and see. This article simply states the substance does not require suspension pending a decision. It’s amazing how people who are so all knowing, calling others amoeba and other stupid insults, aren’t capable of reading simple straightforward text. Makes one wonder about their ability to interpret the information from which they derived their beliefs..

  • ummm…

    the low brown answer would be cookson. I like to offer that one. however, the reality is that we dont really know why this went down this way. yet another reason for all of us cynics to keep up the good work of frustrating the fanboys that dont really care about clean sport but only the man/woman crush du jour

  • ummm…

    good to have a brit helming the UCI

  • ummm…

    you dont look at facts do you. asthma is rife amongst many elite athletes. i wonder why. amoeba.

  • ummm…

    LA made some mistakes too

  • ummm…

    you are unhinged. libelous? who are you donald trump? pathetic

  • Chris Williams

    If he does not suffer from asthma then why is he taking it? In this day and age with everyone looking for drugs and drug testing not reporting it to UCI is not really on. Why did the other cyclist receive a 4 month ban and this one nothing?

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    I suggest you have a guess at how many pros you might expect to need asthma medication and then do a little research into how many actually use it. Then reflect on whether cycling fans need to be a bit less credulous. The sport is more important than the possibility of hurting the feelings of any individual.

  • ian franklin

    Where did you get the ‘most’ from? Adam is not an asthma sufferer. His brother is. Here we have a situation where the poster knows nothing and draws an implied conclusion which is grossly unfair on the rider.

  • ian franklin

    Get a life Rich. This is absolutely libelous. You have no evidence to say what you did. Pathetic.

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    I don’t know anything about Simon Yates’ medical history but is it really credible that most pro cyclists are long term asthma sufferers?

  • Steven Nicholson

    He’s not helped by the fact Matt White is 1 of his DS’s, it will cause some people to add 2 + 2 and come up with 5.

  • Mike Prytherch

    Mistakes happen, I guess apart from so many people on these forums who live perfect mistake free lives, yes of course it shouldn’t happen but it does. From everything I have read I am inclined to believe this is a genuine mistake, the lad has a long history of Asthma, he shouldn’t be banned and punished for an admin error, to me this seems a very sensible outcome.

  • Mike Prytherch

    Mistakes happen, I guess apart from so many people on these forums who live perfect mistake free lives, yes of course it shouldn’t happen but it does. From everything I have read I am inclined to believe this is a genuine mistake, the lad has a long history of Asthma, he shouldn’t be banned and punished for an admin error, to be this feel a very sensible outcome.

  • richcyclo

    Just another pro sportsman searching for marginal gains and attending to detail.
    Mmmm !