Valverde victorious in Catalunya; D’Hoore dominant at De Panne: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

March 23, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Valverde recaptures Volta a Catalunya lead with stage 4 win; Cape Epic queen stage delivers tight racing; ASO considering barring Chris Froome from the Tour de France; Jolien D’Hoore wins Driedaagse-Brugge De Panne; Adam Yates suffers pelvis fracture; Orbea Orca review; Scott Thwaites undergoes back surgery; Flanders Classics behind new Great War Remembrance Race; It’s time to ban Tramadol in cycling; The horrors of airline travel

It’s time to ban Tramadol in cycling: A pharmacist’s view

by Darren Searle

For years now there have been loud calls from within cycling to ban tramadol from competition. This strong painkiller has reportedly been used by many riders to dampen feelings of pain, allowing them to push harder than they might have otherwise. But despite widespread concern about the drug — including from the UCI — the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has held firm, refusing to add tramadol to its banned list.

So how widespread is tramadol’s use? Does it enhance cycling performance? And should it be banned, as so many are advocating for? Darren Searle is an Australian pharmacist of 15 years and a keen racing cyclist. In the following article he tells you everything you need to know about tramadol, and explains why he believes it’s high time for the drug to be banned.

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