Team Sky Sports Director Sean Yates Quits Professional Cycling
Team Sky, whose rider Bradley Wiggins won this year’s Tour de France, said sports director Sean Yates has retired from professional cycling.
Sky, which has implemented a zero-tolerance policy on doping, said the 52-year-old’s departure was not prompted by any “admissions or disclosures.”
On Oct. 25, Sky said race coach Bobby Julich left after admitting doping as a professional rider in the late 1990s. Three days before that, cycling’s ruling body endorsed a decision by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned the American from the sport.
“After Team Sky reaffirmed its position on antidoping, the management team started a series of individual interviews with riders, management and support staff,” Team Sky said in a statement. “Sean has been interviewed and there were no admissions or disclosures that would have required him to leave the team.”
Yates has been in the sport for three decades, and his career has included spells on the same teams as Armstrong. Earlier this month Yates told the British Broadcasting Corp. he’d never seen any indication of “anything dodgy” going on while working with the Texan.
He said his three years with Sky had been “fantastic and a highlight” of his career. He denied any wrongdoing.
“I realize the timing of my retirement will lead to speculation given what is currently going on in the sport but I can walk away with my head held high knowing I have done nothing wrong,” he said in a statement released to Press Association Sport.
He added that he’s had health problems in recent years and spent a lot of time away from home, so he now wants to focus on his family.
In July, Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.
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