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The Ukrainian cyclist disqualified from the road world championships after the control of tramadol

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A cyclist representing Ukraine is disqualified from the UCI Road World Championships in September after detecting traces of tramadol in the individual time trial, the UCI confirmed on Wednesday.

Mykhaylo Kononenko, 35, rode the men’s time trial and mixed team time trial for Ukraine, but saw his 43rd-place finish at the TT scratched from the results sheet.

“Analysis of a dried blood sample provided by the rider on September 18, 2022 during the 2022 UCI Road World Championships revealed the presence of tramadol and its two main metabolites,” the UCI said on Wednesday.

The UCI said it carried out 32 tramadol tests during the world championships in Wollongong. So far, this is the only confirmed case.

The UCI banned tramadol in competition in 2019, but the opioid painkiller won’t be on WADA’s list of banned substances until 2024.

As a result, cases of tramadol are not considered anti-doping violations, so only the cyclist does not face additional sanctions or other disciplinary measures and is free to continue competing.

Tramadol is back in the headlines following the high-profile case involving Nairo Quintana, who finished sixth in the 2022 Tour de France only to see his results thrown out after testing tramadol on two samples, the UCI said.

Quintana recently lost his appeal to overturn the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

This is the full statement from the UCI:

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the Ukrainian cyclist Mykhaylo Kononenko has been sanctioned for violating the ban on the use of tramadol in competition as established in the UCI Medical Rules in order to protect the safety and health of riders. cyclists in light of the side effects of this substance.

Analysis of a dried blood sample provided by the rider on September 18, 2022 during the 2022 UCI Road World Championships revealed the presence of tramadol and its two main metabolites.

According to the UCI Medical Rules, the rider is disqualified from the 2022 UCI Road World Championships. This decision may be appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within the next 10 days.

During the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, a total of 32 dried blood samples were collected as part of the tramadol programme.

Violations of the ban on the use of tramadol in competition are offenses under the UCI Medical Regulations. They do not constitute anti-doping rule violations. As this is a first offence, Mykhaylo Kononenko does not declare himself ineligible and is therefore allowed to participate in the competitions.

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