Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 18, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tejay van Garderen bounces back with Suisse stage win, Barguil takes lead; Taaramäe takes over at Tour de Slovenie; Groenewegen makes it a Dutch hat trick at SterZLM Tour; Armitstead wins stage 3 and takes the lead in the Aviva Women’s Tour; Coquard doubles wins as Quintana assumes lead at Route du Sud; Simon Yates handed four-month suspension, back racing in July; Yates confirms he won’t appeal sanction: “I’m very embarrassed about the situation.”; The Muur van Geraardsbergen returns to the Tour of Flanders in 2017; Behind the Wheel: Peter Sagan’s 1970 Dodge Charger; Spain anti-doping head believes Puerto investigation can still move forward; Sarah Storey going to seventh Paralympics; On-bike highlights from Tour de Suisse, stage 6; Behind the scenes with LottoNL-Jumbo mechanics

Simon Yates handed four-month suspension, back racing in July

by VeloClub

Orica GreenEdge’s hope that Simon Yates will be able to compete in the Tour de France has been frustrated that the news that he will not be able to return to racing until July 11. The Briton had been sidelined since an adverse analytical finding for the substance Terbutaline in March, and finally got word about the case on Friday.

The UCI have accepted that the infraction was not deliberate, but have handed him a four-month sanction. This will be backdated to the date of the test.

“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces today that Simon Yates has been sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of four months for a non-intentional anti-doping rule violation committed on 12 March 2016 (i.e. Presence and Use of the specified prohibited substance Terbutaline),” it said in a statement.

“As per the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR), the start of the sanction will run from the date of the sample collection until 11 July 2016.

“The case has been resolved via an acceptance of consequences as provided for by the WADC and the ADR.”

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