What is tramadol? Explaining pro cycling's ban on the potent painkiller

Tour de la Provence 2022 7th Edition 2nd stage Arles Manosque 1806 km 12022022 Nairo Quintana COL Team Arkea Samsic photo Roberto BettiniSprintCyclingAgency2022
Nairo Quintana is the first positive case for tramadol in cycling (Image credit: Roberto Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency)

On Wednesday, 17 August 2022 Nairo Quintana became the first professional cyclist to be sanctioned for using the opioid painkiller tramadol in competition. 

The case is unique in that the UCI rules, in force since March 2019, exceed those of the World Anti-Doping Agency in banning Tramadol. 

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