Cycling teams may soon expect a suspension if three of their riders within a period of one year found to be the use of the painkiller Tramadol. That has the International Cycling union (UCI) on Tuesday announced.
From 1 march the painkiller on the list of prohibited substances for riders. Tramadol is regularly used in the peloton. After taking his riders are less sensitive to pain, making them easier to the extreme. Nausea, drowsiness and decreased concentration are, however, common side effects, increasing the risk of falls increases. Further riders also become addicted to the drug. Therefore, the UCI last year from 2019 to prohibit.
Tuesday clarified the UCI, the sanctions for non-compliance with the prohibition. If a rider is a first time to be caught on the use of Tramadol will result in disqualification and a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs (about 4.400 euros). This only happens once, then there follows a suspension of five months. A third positive test equates to nine months of suspension. The miss of a Tramadolcontrole will be considered a positive test.
A UCI team, which two riders within a period of one year against the lamp, you get a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs. In an additional violation in the same period, a suspension of the team. This can go from 1 to 12 months, depending on the decision of the Disciplinary Commission of the UCI.