Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 4, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France; Rosa Round-up: more Boels-Dolmans success as Evelyn Stevens wins stage 3 and takes pink; Tour of Austria kicks off with uphill prologue and field sprint stage; Cavendish wins opening stage of Tour de France, takes maillot jaune for first time; ‘It was a disaster’: Stage 2 puncture slashes Porte’s chances of Tour de France victory; The walking wounded: Stage 1 of Tour leaves its mark; Contador injured in Tour de France opener: ‘When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried’; Bennett soldiers on after stage 1 crash: ‘I could see the bone in my finger’; Mission accomplished: Cavendish completes long campaign to grab Tour yellow; Cookson on ASO-UCI deal, Bahrain team; Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned; Tour de France: Stage 2 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 recap; Tour de France: Stage 1 on-board highlights; Tour de France: Stage 2 on-board highlights; How to launch the ‘Manx Missile’

Tramadol prevalent within the pro peloton, soon to be banned

by CyclingTips

The painkiller Tramadol is widely used in the professional peloton, despite calls for it to be banned. However, on Friday, fifteen team doctors gathered in Saint-Lô (Manche) and voted unanimously to support a ban on the drug. The International Cycling Union supports this with an aim for 2017. Currently the World Anti-doping Association only lists it as a monitored substance.


Dr. Armand Mégret of the French Cycling Federation calls Tramadol, which is derived from opium, “a public health problem worse than doping.”

Taylor Phinney and Michael Barry have long been outspoken as to the safety concerns of using the painkiller in cycling. Many riders use the drug to mask the pain that comes near the end of a hard stage, but the side effects can result in a lack of attention and subsequently crashes.

“At the Tour of Spain I saw the Sky riders taking it,” Barry told Liberation. “I realized that the guys were essentially sleeping on their bikes. I asked a question to one of them and he was drooling and looked like he was hallucinating.”

Another problem with the drug is its high addiction rate. “If a rider needs this drug because of his health then he is not healthy enough to race,” said Dr. Menuet to Liberation.

Click through to read more at Liberation.