LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 02, 2014 (AFP) – History-making South African
cyclist Daryl Impey has tested positive for a banned substance, his Australian
Orica GreenEDGE team said Wednesday.
Last year Impey, 29, was the first ever African to wear the Tour de
France’s yellow jersey.
Back in February he tested positive for Probenecid, a substance used to
treat gout and hyperuricema but banned because it can be used as a masking
“ORICA-GreenEDGE has been notified that Daryl Impey has returned an adverse
analytical finding and has been notified by The South African Institute for a
Drug-Free sport that he delivered a positive A and B sample for the substance
Probenecid after the South African Championships on February 6, 2014,” said an
official team statement.
“The team would like to underline that it respects Daryl Impey’s right to
prove his full innocence and will not comment any further until the process
has run its due course and a final conclusion has been made.
“As per the team’s code of conduct, Daryl Impey will not feature on the
team’s roster until the case has been closed and he is fully eligible to ride.”
Impey has already been left off Orica’s Tour de France team. He has denied
any intentional wrongdoing.
“The notification came as a complete shock to me just days before the start
of the Tour de France, particularly since anti-doping tests conducted on me on
8 and 9 February 2014 yielded no adverse results,” Impey said.
“I am extremely distressed by the finding, as I have always raced clean
throughout my career. Every result that I have achieved to date has been as a
result of hard work and dedication on my part.
“I notified my team immediately after being informed by Cycling South
Africa of the adverse finding. I would like to thank them, my family and
friends for their support during this difficult time.
“I remain confident that I will be vindicated and proved innocent of any
The positive test came following Impey’s victory in the South African
timetrial Championships, while he also finished second in his national road
Orica won the fourth stage team timetrial at last year’s Tour, putting
Impey’s Australian team-mate Simon Gerrans in yellow.
Impey took over the yellow jersey for two stages, six and seven, before
losing it to eventual winner Chris Froome following the first mountain stage.