British Cyclist Simon Yates Fails Drug Test

Cyclist Simon Yates
Simon Yates of Great Britain during the Tour de France, July 13, 2014. Yates has tested positive for the banned substance terbutaline. Doug Pensinger/Getty

British cyclist Simon Yates has failed an in-competition drugs test.

His team, Orica-GreenEdge, said it took "full responsibility for the mistake" and there was "no wrongdoing" by Yates and that an "administrative error" over the use of an asthma inhaler is to blame.

It added that he tested positive for the banned substance terbutaline and a team doctor failed to apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Yates will get Orica-GreenEdge's full support during the investigation, a statement said.

"This is solely based on a human error that the doctor in question has taken full responsibility for," the Australian team added.

Yates, a former points race world champion, is regarded as one of Britain's brightest prospects on the road, along with his twin brother Adam.

He is a strong contender to make the TeamGB road race team for the Rio 2016 Olympics this summer.