Simon Yates 'embarrassed and ashamed' over anti-doping rule violation

British rider Simon Yates issues statement in wake of the UCI handing him a four-month ban for Terbutaline positive at Paris-Nice

Simon Yates on the podium in the Best Young Riders jersey following Stage eight of the 2015 Criterium du Dauphiné. Photo: Graham Watson

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Simon Yates has said that he is 'embarrassed and ashamed' for the situation surrounding his positive test for Terbutaline during Paris-Nice in March this year. He apologised to the cycling world for 'casting our sport in a negative light' and said that the past few months have been 'long and extremely painful' as he waited for a decision on the case.

Yates was handed a reduced four-month suspension from competition by the UCI on Friday after the organisation concluded that it was a 'non-intentional' violation. His Orica-GreenEdge team have said they are responsible for the positive after failing to file a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate for his use of the asthma drug.

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