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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
Cleared to return to racing next month after the UCI said it would impose a backdated four-month ban, Simon Yates has confirmed that he will accept the suspension and not lodge an appeal.
The Briton, who had an adverse analytical finding for the substance Terbutaline at the Paris-Nice race in March, has released a statement and spoken about a tough time for him and others. He notes that the UCI has accepted that his anti-doping violation was non-intentional, but also states that some will doubt him as a result of what was a team error.
“The last few months have been very long and extremely painful, not only for me but for my family and friends,” he stated. “I received a notification from the UCI in mid-April that they had discovered the prohibited substance Terbutaline in my control test sample from Paris-Nice. Unbeknown to me, this substance was in the medication prescribed to treat my asthma during the race, asthma being a condition I was diagnosed with as a child and have suffered with since then.”
At the time his Orica-GreenEdge squad said that the team doctor made an administrative error. While the substance was marked on the doping control form, the doctor failed to apply for the TUE needed to take the medication.
“Therefore,” said Yates, “I regrettably have to accept the punishment issued by the UCI. Even though I was not aware of taking any banned substance at the time of the test or until I was notified of the adverse analytical finding, ultimately the responsibility is on the athlete to know exactly what they are taking and what they are putting into their bodies.”
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