Riders face disqualification, bans and suspension for using tramadol in competition as UCI bans painkiller

The UCI is banning the substance despite anti-doping authorities permitting its use

The UCI will ban tramadol from March 1 (Picture: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

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Pro riders taking the painkiller tramadol face disqualification from races, fines and even suspension by the UCI.

The synthetic opioid has previously been permitted under anti-doping rules, but cycling’s governing body is now implementing its own in-competition ban to protect riders.

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