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Orica-GreenEdge take responsibility for Simon Yates’ positive test

Australian team says doctor who supplied Yates with Asthma medication failed to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption

Orica-GreenEdge Take Responsibility For Simon Yates’ Positive Test

19 July 2014 101st Tour de France Stage 14 : Grenoble – Risoul YATES Simon (GBR) Orica – GreenEDGE Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Orica-GreenEdge1 have taken responsibility for Simon Yates positive test2, which they confirmed was for the substance Terbutaline and was discovered during an in-competition test on stage six of the 2016 Paris-Nice3.

The Australian team said that the substance, which is used as a reliever for symptoms of asthma, was properly administered by a team doctor in the form of an inhaler, but a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) was not obtained from the UCI. The news of the 23-year-old Brit s failed test broke on Thursday night, with Orica quick to release a statement stating that there has been no wrong-doing on Simon Yates4 part and expressed severe concerns over the leak of the information. The statement read:

On April 22, the team was notified that Simon Yates has an adverse analytical finding from a test conducted at Paris-Nice, stage 6 on March 12, 2016.

The positive result is for the substance Terbutaline.

The substance was given to Simon Yates in the form an asthma inhaler and accordingly, this was noted by the team doctor on the Doping Control Form, signed at the time of the test.

The substance was given in an ongoing treatment of Simon Yates documented asthma problems. However, in this case the team doctor made an administrative error by failing to apply for the TUE required for the use of this treatment.

The use of Terbutaline without a current TUE is the reason it has been flagged as an adverse analytical finding. This is solely based on a human error that the doctor in question has taken full responsibility for.

There has been no wrong-doing on Simon Yates part.

The team takes full responsibility for this mistake and wishes to underline their support for Simon during this process.

The team is concerned by the leak of this information and has no further comments until there has been a full evaluation made of the documentation, statements and evidence that the team and Simon Yates are now submitting to the UCI in order to clarify everything. Yates posted a seventh place finish in the overall classification5 at this year s Paris-Nice, but pulled out of the Tour of the Basque Country in late April and missed all of the Ardennes Classics6. The news of the test comes in a bad week for British Cycling, which has seen technical director Shane Sutton resign from his position7 just 100 days before the Olympic Games.

A similar situation to Yates in which a doctor forgot to apply for the same prohibited substance took place in 2008, with Rugby Union player Scott MacLeod8 at the centre of the story.

MacLeod was cleared of an anti-doping violation in that case, with an independent judicial hearing ruling that the absence of a TUE was entirely inadvertent due to his status as long-time sufferer of severe asthma.


  1. ^ Orica-GreenEdge (
  2. ^ for Simon Yates positive test (
  3. ^ Paris-Nice (
  4. ^ Simon Yates (
  5. ^ finish in the overall classification (
  6. ^ Ardennes Classics (
  7. ^ resign from his position (
  8. ^ Rugby Union player Scott MacLeod (

Could Sep Vanmarcke be heading to Trek-Segafredo?

The Belgian’s departure from LottoNL-Jumbo looks definite, but where he will end up is yet to be decided. Trek-Segafredo appear to be the best match for the Classics rider

Could Sep Vanmarcke Be Heading To Trek-Segafredo?

Sep Vanmarcke during the 2016 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Reports in the Belgian media suggest a meeting between Sep Vanmarcke and his present team, LottoNL-Jumbo1, over his future is set to take place next week. After taking third in the Tour of Flanders2 and fourth at Paris-Roubaix3, the 27-year-old is in a strong negotiating position, but his value would have been much higher had he managed a Monument win.

According to Het Nieuwsblad4 Vanmarcke s departure from the Dutch outfit is 90 per cent certain, citing several reasons why he is unhappy at the team. Personality clashes between the Belgian s personal trainer and the team trainers plus the departure of his brother Ken from the staff are said to have further soured the relationship.

Overlooking Tom Boonen5 s second place in Paris-Roubaix in what could be his final season, Vanmarcke was the best performing Belgian in the cobbled Monuments. As such, an approach from his compatriots in Lotto-Soudal or Etixx-Quick Step6 wouldn t have been a surprise. However, despite Lotto-Soudal7 team manager Marc Sergeant being a fan of the rider, the timing does not appear right for a bid as contracts with present team members have recently been renewed and improved.

As for Etixx, twice snubbed it doesn t look like they will come knocking again soon.

Relive the best bits of Paris-Roubaix

It had been reported that Trek-Segafredo could be interested in signing Peter Sagan8 as his Tinkoff team looks to be wound up at the end of the year and Trek s star rider Fabian Cancellara9 is set to retire. This could still happen, but the world champion looks to be out of the American team s budget. As such, gaining a rider like Sep Vanmarcke, who commands a much lower market value and could ride alongside upcoming talent Jasper Stuyven, is the sort of move that would suit the team in its post-Cancellara era. Team Manager Luca Guercilena told Het Nieuwsblad10: We have drawn up a plan with Jasper. Only after 2018 is he the absolute leader to carry the team.

BMC Racing11 could also figure in the transfer scrap.

I ve worked with Sep in the past.

He is and remains a very interesting rider, said perfomance manager Allan Peiper.


  1. ^ LottoNL-Jumbo (
  2. ^ Tour of Flanders (
  3. ^ Paris-Roubaix (
  4. ^ According to Het Nieuwsblad (
  5. ^ Tom Boonen (
  6. ^ Etixx-Quick Step (
  7. ^ Lotto-Soudal (
  8. ^ Trek-Segafredo could be interested in signing Peter Sagan (
  9. ^ Fabian Cancellara (
  10. ^ Het Nieuwsblad (
  11. ^ BMC Racing (

Tech of the Week: Shimano’s power meter, Rotor’s hydraulic groupset, and more

The biggest tech stories from the last seven days

Shimano leaks and revelations

After we reviewed SRAM Red eTap1 last week, this week has been the time for Shimano fans to look ahead to what might be coming out of Japan over the next few years.

Tech Of The Week: Shimano’s Power Meter, Rotor’s Hydraulic Groupset, And More

That little black box looks suspiciously like a power meter to us

Having heard that FDJ2 had a few Shimano mechanics in tow while at a training camp a couple of weeks ago, we headed straight to the French team s bus at the Challenge Mallorca to have a poke around in search of anything new. And what a treat we got, when we spotted what looks like a Shimano power meter3 attached to the bikes of Matthieu Ladagnous and Odd Christian Eiking. When asked about the new boxes FDJ riders and mechanics refused to comment. One mechanic staunchly replied no one will tell you what it is, you will find out in a couple of months . At the same time, our man in the Far East was sitting down with Shimano company bosses to discuss what they might have up their sleeves in the coming years.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a power meter was one of the things they mentioned, as well as creating an electronic version of Shimano 105 and a women-specific groupset4.

Tech Of The Week: Shimano’s Power Meter, Rotor’s Hydraulic Groupset, And More

Shimano won t be going wireless any time soon

However one thing that we re apparently not going to see any time soon is a wireless Shimano groupset. But that s not because the Japanese company can t produce one, but instead says that there is no demand for it5. Finally we saw a Shimano patent that suggested that it might be working on a hub design that would run completely silently6 when freewheeling. Unfortunately it s pretty complicated stuff, so you ll have to head over to article for a full explanation.

Rotor Uno hydraulic groupset receives race debut

Tech Of The Week: Shimano’s Power Meter, Rotor’s Hydraulic Groupset, And More

Rotor Uno finally looks as though it s race-ready

With all the rumours coming out of Shimano, the race debut of Rotor s new hydraulic groupset sort of flew under the radar. Rotor Uno was announced at Eurobike last year, and has been ridden in training by Dimension Data7 before now, but finally received its race debut at Challenge Mallorca8 last week.

The groupset is the first to feature both hydraulic gears and brakes, with the levers and hoses being compatible with either rim or disc brake calipers, and we ll keep an eye out to see if Dimension Data use it in more high profile races as the season progresses.

Fake bars vs guns of steel

If you re thinking about picking up some bargain carbon bars through a dodgy online site, then watch this video first, where an admittedly rather ripped mechanic snaps a pair of fake carbon handlebars with his bare hands9.

According to Mattias Lundin, the man who filmed the video, the bars were bought online for ‘ 30 and designed to look like a pair of Zipp carbon bars. He then repeated the experiment with the genuine product, which could not be broken.

More delays for Limits backers

This week also saw more bad news for the thousands of people who had put their money behind the Limits power meter. Completion of the crowdfunded project was initiall predicted for December, but the company has been plagued by delays, and now doesn t expect to be able to deliver products to power meters until February or March10.

Tech Of The Week: Shimano’s Power Meter, Rotor’s Hydraulic Groupset, And More

Limits backers will have to be patient for a little longer

Speaking to Cycling Weekly, Limits marketing manager Ioanna Kontoliou said that the delays were normal and no different from anyone else doing a similar project.

We are as keen as any backer to see the product ship but we will not do so until we are 100% satisfied that the finished product will be fit for purpose.


  1. ^ we reviewed SRAM Red eTap (
  2. ^ FDJ (
  3. ^ we spotted what looks like a Shimano power meter (
  4. ^ creating an electronic version of Shimano 105 and a women-specific groupset (
  5. ^ there is no demand for it (
  6. ^ might be working on a hub design that would run completely silently (
  7. ^ Dimension Data (
  8. ^ received its race debut at Challenge Mallorca (
  9. ^ snaps a pair of fake carbon handlebars with his bare hands (
  10. ^ doesn t expect to be able to deliver products to power meters until February or March (