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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

October 6, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: UCI frustrations continue as WADA denies request to ban Tramadol; Cam Meyer returns to cycling with a focus on the track: ‘I needed to take time away’; Annemiek van Vleuten claims Britain’s Lizze Armitstead should not have competed at Rio; WADA posts details on hacking of TUE system; Hein Verbruggen criticises Cookson over WorldTour reforms; Vergard Stake Laengen signs with TJ Sport; Katusha adds Hollenstein, extends with core team; Astana adds four riders for 2017 including Matti Breschel; Small but strong UnitedHealthcare women’s team for 2017; Caja Rural-Seguros RGA extends with three riders, signs new talent; American amateur racer given four-year ban for doping violation; Defending world TTT champions; On-board action from Red Hook Milan.

UCI frustrations continue as WADA denies request to ban Tramadol

by Shane Stokes

Despite lobbying by the UCI to the World Anti Doping Agency over the legal status of Tramadol in sport, WADA has confirmed that the powerful painkiller will not be banned for 2017. Tramadol has been used by some riders for many years, reportedly showing up in anti-doping tests. Riders such as Taylor Phinney have warned about its use, saying that it could be responsible for crashes within the peloton due to its effect on those taking it.

It has serious side effects, including seizures, decreased alertness and drug addiction. Because of this, UCI president Brian Cookson has said several times in the past that he wanted WADA to move it from the agency’s monitoring programme to the banned list. Last month the UCI confirmed to CyclingTips that it was pushing hard for WADA to ban it for 2017. However that has not been successful.

“Tramadol was on the WADA 2016 Monitoring Program and it remains there for the 2017 Monitoring Program,” a WADA spokesman told CyclingTips. “It is being monitored for in-competition use only. WADA developed the Monitoring Program with partners in anti-doping to look at substances which are not prohibited but which we wish to monitor in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport. A substance or method may be placed on the Prohibited List if it meets two of the following three criteria: it has the potential to be performance enhancing; can be detrimental to the health of an athlete; and it is contrary to the spirit of sport.”

UCI president Brian Cookson was unavailable for comment but the UCI gave its reaction via its spokesman Louis Chenaille.

“In March 2011 the UCI formally requested that WADA consider adding Tramadol to the List of Prohibited Substances,” he told CyclingTips on Wednesday. “As a consequence of the UCI’s initial request, Tramadol was added to the WADA Monitoring List in 2012. In the past two years, the UCI expressly reiterated its request to WADA to include Tramadol on the Prohibited List. Our understanding is that Tramadol was not added at this stage because it is not considered a performance-enhancing substance but rather a potent pain killer considered to restore physical ability.”

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature image shows cycling in the Dolomites.

  • Dave

    Either the standard of cycling in Texas is pretty poor if a bodybuilder can be a state champion, or the standard of bodybuilding in Texas is pretty poor if a cyclist can compete in it.

    What’s the odds on D’Aurelio going on to get caught entering a race while banned?

  • bacon

    No NRS results?

  • Rob

    Red Hook Crit…..more like Brown Pants Crit!

  • Laurens

    Poor Hein Verbruggen, being no longer relevant.

    • Cam

      I think he makes a reasonable point.

      • velocite

        Sadly, I think you’re right.

  • Nik Martin

    On the criticism of Armitstead, it was only recently that Wiggins was doing the same:


    Now look at the hot water he’s in. I’m in no way suggesting that Annemiek van Vleuten has any skeletons in her closet, but she’d better be damn sure she doesn’t before slinging mud.


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