British rider Simon Yates will not return to competition until the UCI gives its verdict on his positive test for Terbutaline at Paris-Nice, including missing the Critérium du Dauphiné

Simon Yates will not take part in the Critérium du Dauphiné in France, starting on Sunday, June 5. The British rider returned an ‘adverse analytical finding’ for asthma drug Terbutaline at Paris-Nice in March and although he was not provisionally suspended, he is unlikely to return to competition until the UCI delivers its final ruling on the case.

Cycling Weekly understands that Orica-GreenEdge, which took responsibility for the positive, attributing it to a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) administrative error, won’t start the 23-year-old until then.

>>> Simon Yates not suspended after positive test, confirms UCI

Yates was originally listed on a provisional team start list for the Critérium du Dauphiné but was not included on a confirmed line-up for the eight-day tour released overnight.

It is understood any suspension would commence from Yates’s last day of competition, which would therefore be backdated to April’s Vuelta al Pais Vasco if the Briton doesn’t race in the interim.

The burgeoning climber, along with brother Adam, is due to spearhead Orica-GreenEdge’s Tour de France team in July.

The Australian-registered outfit doesn’t anticipate a ruling from the UCI for another couple of weeks.

  • Eric

    Can’t agree more. As a decently talented amateur that has had opportunities to advance in Category ruined by dopers and thus suffered much greater actual harm than the vast majority of bicycle racing fans, I witness the farcical machinations by ‘CYA’ authorities (Operacion Puerto and the Continentals’ Sporting Fed’s for cover, anyone?) surrounding doping with a massive mountain (not “grain”) of ‘salt’.

  • Sutton Atkins

    I have to agree with you about the discrepancy. Cheating is cheating, and doping is worse in my book because it can harm a person health, and as role-models may influence younger riders or kids to experiment and potentially harm their bodies with drugs. Mechanical chatting is not so harmful int hat respect, only harming kids moral judgement.

  • John Senior

    Just another example of how poor the UCI is in dealing with what matters. I’m assuming no UCI Official has ever failed to get to a World Champs on time – or a celebratory dinner – or an expenses paid trip to UCI Headquaters ! The facts in this case are very clear and well known, the guilty party have put their hand up, it’s a ‘technical; misdemeanour that took place without the rider having any knowledge – how hard can it be? Could someone from the UCI also explain how ‘mechanical ‘ doping (actually not doping) is more serious than taking PED’s? Surely they’re both cheating – surely it’s the same crime using a different method?So how come Belgian Junior cyclo crosser gets a six year ban and 30.000 Euro Fine and Ilnur Zacharin after taking PED’s gets a two year ban and features as a super star in Tour of Italy this year? Double Standards? Sexism? Easy Target?
    Come on Brian – less focus on banning light bikes and more on things that bring UCI into disrepute as a sporting body – anybody mention publishing the new guidance on Moto’s?