South Africa’s Impey fails drugs test

Cyclist Daryl Impey, who became the first South African to wear

the yellow jersey

in Tour de France history last year, has failed a drugs test.

Impey tested positive for the banned substance Probenecid at the South African championships in February.

In a statement on his

personal website, 

Impey said: “I am extremely distressed by the finding, as I have always raced clean throughout my career.”

The 29-year-old Orica-GreenEdge rider has been suspended by his team.

He added: “I remain confident I will be vindicated and proved innocent of any wrongdoing. Every result I have achieved to date has been because of hard work and dedication on my part.”

Impey, a former team-mate of Britain’s defending Tour De France champion Chris Froome, was left out of Orica-GreenEdge’s squad for this year’s Tour.

His place was taken by 21-year-old British rider Simon Yates, who will take to the start line in Leeds on Saturday.

Impey won the yellow jersey, worn by the overall leader, on stage six of last year’s Tour – wearing it for two days.

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