UCI moves to ban Tramadol in-competition use and introduces revised rules for low cortisol

Governing body will prevent riders from competing if they show low levels of cortisol

The peloton at the Giro d'Italia (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The UCI has announced that it will ban the use of the analgesic Tramadol from in-competition use from 2019.

Pain-killer Tramadol has been was shown as recently as last week in a World Anti-Doping Agency report to be widely used among professional road riders, with numerous cases of anecdotal evidence over recent years of riders using the drug during races.

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