Simon Yates not suspended after positive test for Terbutaline, confirms UCI

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

23 July 2015
102nd Tour de France
Stage 18 : Gap - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
YATES Simon (GBR) Orica - GreenEDGE
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

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.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.