Yates gets four-month ban, misses Tour de France


British cyclist Simon Yates will miss the Tour de France after being hit with a four-month ban for failing a drugs test.

His team Orica-GreenEdge announced in April that the 23-year-old had tested positive for Terbutaline at Paris-Nice the previous month, but blamed an "administrative error" over the use of an asthma inhaler.

And on Friday the UCI confirmed Yates' punishment, which, although backdated to the time of his sample collection, will rule him out of the Tour's July 2 start.

"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)," a statement from the governing body read.

"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."