Daryl Impey has announced that there was an adverse analytical finding following testing at the SA time trial championships in February. Both A and B samples have returned positive results.
On his website Impey confirmed the findings but denied having any knowledge of Probenecid or having ever knowingly taken the substance.
“I am committed to drug-free sport and fully intend to take all steps necessary to clear myself of any suspicion,” he said.
Impey states that the notification from Cycling South Africa came as a “complete shock” just days before the start of the Tour de France.
“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 remain confident that I will be vindicated and proved innocent of any wrongdoing.”
Impey has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect from competing in any event.
Impey, who previously wore the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, was not included in Orica-GreenEdge’s team when they made their announcement on Tuesday.
The team released a statement regarding Impey’s anti-doping findings saying, “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 final conclusion has been made.”
They also stated that as per the team’s code of conduct, Impey will not feature on the team’s roster until the case has been closed and he is fully eligible to ride.