'I'm tired of having pills in cycling, I think it's grotesque', says retiring 21-year-old rider

Ludvig Wacker says level of pills being used by riders he raced against was "ridiculous"

Ludvig Wacker
(Image credit: Team DSM)

Retiring Danish rider Ludvig Wacker has described the use of pills in cycling as "grotesque."

The 21-year-old, who rode for the Sunweb Development team in 2019 and 2020, described the level of legal pills, such as painkillers, being used as "ridiculous" and that they were "very easy to access." He didn't name any riders or teams directly.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).