Team Sky: We do not use Tramadol

Team Sky issues statement in wake of comment made by former rider Michael Barry that the team used powerful painkiller Tramadol

Michael Barry chases, Eneco Tour 2011, stage one
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Team Sky issued a statement on Monday clarifying that it does not administer controversial painkiller Tramadol to its riders, either during training or racing.

The statement comes in the wake of an admission made by former Sky rider Michael Barry that he used Tramadol whilst riding for the team in 2010 and allegations that he saw other Sky riders using it whilst racing. "Tramadol made me feel euphoric, but it’s also hard to focus. It kills the pain in your legs, and you can push really hard," Barry told the Times in a piece published on Monday morning.

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