Simon Yates (Orica Greenedge)  pictured during pictured during stage 8 of the 67th edition of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere, June 14, 2015. Photo: VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2015
  • ebbe

    Not appealing means you’re guilty. According to…

    https://twitter.com/SSbike/status/710182665320849408

  • bigdo

    Does this basically equate to a slap on the wrist via a “time served” punishment then?

    • Craig Steele

      Its his ongoing medication and a clerical error had occurred, why people think that this is a slap on this wrist amazes me.

      • ummm…

        he has had asthma since he was a child. He has been racing for quite some time. Team doctors are paid professionals. They are aware of regulations. I’m not really buying it – but then again what is there to believe when it comes to this stuff. let them keep playing the “marginal gains” game. I’ll keep watching, but I’m not going to pretend that everyone is shooting for the highest ethical standards. you shouldn’t be AMAZED that people are suspicious, or have lost trust – if there was ever a reason to have it.

    • Dave

      I think it is a fair sanction.

      Missing the Tour de France and having a doping sanction permanently recorded alongside his name (which will affect the consequences for him and his teammates if he/they trigger the dope-o-meter again) is certainly no slap on the wrist.

      The ‘time served’ out of racing being deducted is appropriate, as the anti-doping case was the only reason the team kept him out of racing in that time. It’s not like he was on the bench due to injury in that time.

      • bigdo

        I dunno if “fair” is what they should be aiming for.. I was thinking more along the lines of “just” or something… lol, silly me, this is pro cycling!

        • zosim

          I think this meets the criteria of fair and just. He has been punished for a doping violation for taking something he could have had with a TUE had the team (or, yes, even he) taken steps to check it had been submitted. He hasn’t been racing and has been open and accepting of the whole situation. What would have been more “just” for you? 1 year? 2? Lifetime?

  • Hazy78

    This is a bit stupid, why punish him for a doctors mistake, punish the doctor especially when the UCI has said he commited no fault. It’s a tad harsh to expect every sports person to be a sports scientist thats why they have doctors to advise them.

    • Dave

      I think it is a fair sanction.

      To let him off with anything lighter would have been an almighty slap in the face to all the athletes who take the necessary care to race clean.

      It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon, let alone a sports scientist, to work it out. You look at the side of the bottle or packet, then check it against the WADA list of substances. Simples.

      • zosim

        Yes, that’s the concept and reason for strict liability. I suspect that he trusted the team would have checks in place for any TUE he needed. I assume that as a 23 year old who has been a supported GB or Orica rider for a long time and is used to teams doing it never occurred to him that this particular thing would be a problem. I bet he will check now though.

    • ummm…

      cmon these doctors are paid professionals – and he knew that the rider was taking the medication as he has had asthma since he was a child, apparently. I dont blame you for dismissing this, or giving him the benefit of the doubt – that is your right. I would say that your understanding, especially in light of over a hundred years of cycling history, may be a bit naive.

  • Michele

    4 months? Based on the facts and evidence presented, I think that’s fair and just.

    To those who think it’s too harsh … I wonder what they would think and say if the rider’s surname wasn’t Yates, and was instead Aru, or Majka, or Zakarin?

    Would they be saying too harsh if the doctor who made the mistake worked for an Italian, Spanish or Russian team?

    Taking all prejudices aside, 4 months is fair.

  • Nick Haines

    It amazed me how many of these professional cyclists all suffer from asthma?? Seems like having asthma is prerequisite for being a top cyclists these days!

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