LONDON, April 28, 2014 (AFP) – Team Sky chiefs on Monday called for
Tramadol to be added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list in response
to comments made by a former team-mate of Lance Armstrong.
Canadian Michael Barry, who rode for Team Sky until his retirement in 2012,
revealed he used the legal drug, which has potentially addictive side-effects,
while racing for the British team.
Barry was a witness in the United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation
into the United States Postal Service team which resulted in Armstrong being
stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.
Barry used Tramadol to treat legitimate complaints, but Team Sky, which has
won the last two Tours de France through Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome,
insists it no longer uses the substance and called for it to be outlawed so
its use can be regulated using therapeutic use exemption certificates (TUEs).
A Team Sky spokesperson said: “None of our riders should ride whilst using
Tramadol – that’s the policy of this team.
“Team Sky do not give it to riders whilst racing or training, either as a
pre-emptive measure or to manage existing pain.
“We believe that its side effects, such as dizziness and drowsiness, could
cause issues for the safety of all riders.
“We also feel that if a rider has the level of severe pain for its
appropriate use they should not be riding.
“Tramadol is not prohibited by WADA, but this has been our firm position
for the last two seasons and all medical staff and riders are aware of this.
“Our view is that it should be on the WADA list and any appropriate
clinical use could be managed through the regulated TUE, or Therapeutic Use