Lieuwe Westra admits to buying race victory and using tramadol as performance enhancer during his career

Dutchman denies cheating despite revelations in his new autobiography

Lieuwe Westra on stage 3b of the 2016 Three Days of De Panne (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Former professional rider Lieuwe Westra, just days after it was revealed he faked injuries to receive therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) for injections of cortisone before races, has revealed he paid another rider for first pro victory as well as using tramadol and caffeine pills as performance enhancers.

Tramadol, a controversial but legal painkiller, was used to help to push through the pain at the individual time trial in the 2016 Three Days of De Panne, Westra reveals in his new autobiography, The Beast.

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