Alex Dowsett: Time to stop professional cycling's pill culture

Movistar pro and national time trial champion Alex Dowsett speaks to Cycling Weekly this week about the use of tramadol

Alex Dowsett, men's winner, British time trial championships 2013

Alex Dowsett has spoken out against the prevalent use of painkillers and sleeping medication in the professional peloton.

Talking to Cycling Weekly's Sophie Smith for an interview in this week's magazine, the Movistar professional said that he once tried controversial painkiller tramadol in a training session, hated it and would never take it again.

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