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.