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.