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Yates not suspended despite failed test

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British cyclist Simon Yates will not be provisionally suspended despite failing an in-competition drugs test.

Yates tested positive for terbutaline last month, with his Orica-GreenEdge team blaming an “administrative error” over the use of an asthma inhaler.

The sport’s governing body said Yates, 23, had not been suspended because of the nature of the substance involved.

The UCI said in a statement “such substance does not entail imposition of a provisional suspension”.

Yates tested positive in a test on March 12, at stage six of the Paris-Nice. He finished the race in seventh.

Orica-GreenEdge said a team doctor failed to apply for a therapeutic use exemption and it took “full responsibility for the mistake”, adding there was “no wrongdoing” by the rider.

Owain Doull has backed his Great Britain team-mate, writing: