Riders face disqualification, bans and suspension for using tramadol in competition as UCI bans painkiller

Riders face disqualification, bans and suspension for using tramadol in competition as UCI bans painkiller

The UCI is banning the substance despite anti-doping authorities permitting its use

The UCI will ban tramadol from March 1 (Picture: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Pro riders taking the painkiller tramadol face disqualification from races, fines and even suspension by the UCI.