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UCI bans British cyclist Simon Yates for 4 months

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AIGLE, Switzerland — The International Cycling Union says it banned British rider Simon Yates for four months for a positive test for a prohibited substance.

The UCI says the ban for a “non-intentional” rules violation runs through July 11, barring Yates from selection for the Tour de France which starts on July 2.

Yates completed the Tour last year – finishing 89th – and was expected to be picked by the Orica-GreenEdge team.

The 23-year-old Yates tested positive for Terbutaline during the Paris-Nice stage race in March.

The Australia-based team said a doctor erred by not formally requesting permission for Yates to use an asthma inhaler as medication.

The UCI says the case was “resolved via an acceptance of consequences” agreement.

Brazilian cycling team faces 2nd ban for persistent doping

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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping.

The International Cycling Union says the team will be judged by its disciplinary panel which can impose bans of up to one year.

Cycling rules allow teams to be suspended if two riders are caught doping in a one-year period.

In December, the team’s riders were suspended for 55 days after three cases involving the banned blood booster CERA since July. They included Kleber Ramos of Brazil, who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic road race.

The UCI says the latest cases involve biological passport results for Alex Correia Diniz, who is provisionally suspended, and an allegation against Otavio Bulgarelli of tampering with a doping sample.

Van Avermaet wins Gent-Wevelgem for two victories in three days

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GENT, Belgium (AP) Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.

World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who won last year’s race, finished third.

The 249-kilometer (154.7-mile) race through Belgium included two ascents of the steep, cobbled Kemmelberg hill, one of the iconic climbs of the spring classics season.

Last year’s race was overshadowed by the death of Belgian rider Antoine Demoitie after a fall.

Sagan fell Friday in the E3 Harelbeke, which Van Avermaet also won to add to his victory last month in Het Nieuwsblad.