It is not the first time that it has been linked to a problem of this nature. 

It is not the first time that it has been linked to a problem of this nature. 

The Colombian Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) “was disqualified from the 2022 Tour de France”, in which he finished in sixth place, due to a medical infraction, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Wednesday.

“The Colombian runner Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas was sanctioned for violating the ban on the use of tramadol in competition,” the UCI explained in a statement.

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The international body He also specified that it is a violation of anti-doping rules and that the cyclist can appeal within 10 days.

The UCI noted that the two dried blood samples provided by the rider were analyzed on July 8 (stage 7) and July 13 (stage 11) during the 'Grande Boucle' and revealed the presence of tramadol.

Since this is a first offense, Nairo Quintana, 32, remains eligible and can participate in the rest of the competitions.

Not the first time

In September 2020, the French gendarmerie searched the room of one of the hotels where Colombian Nairo Quintana and two other compatriots from Arkea were staying during the Tour de France.

The agents of the brigade to combat environmental crimes and public health arrived with a court order and searched Quintana's room, in addition to those of the masseurs and some vehicles, indicates the weekly “Le Journal du Dimanche”.

It was noted on that occasion that the investigation has no connection with the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), responsible for controls during the Tour, it was said at the time.

It is not the first time that he has been linked with a problem of this kind. 

Nairo finished in 17th place, more than an hour behind the winner, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar . It is not the first time that the environmental brigade of the gendarmerie has investigated participants in the Tour de France, although their investigations have never determined the commission of crimes.

Two years later, it is not known if the investigation is still open or is already closed, but this was the first record of the Colombian cyclist.

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