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.Nairo Quintana: what does the UCI sanction imply for his race? ? VideoNairo Quintana is sanctioned by the UCI and disqualified from the Tour de France
The international body also specified that it is not a violation of anti-doping rules and that the cyclist can appeal within 10 days.
The UCI pointed out that the two dried blood samples provided by the runner were analyzed on July 8 (stage 7) and July 13 (stage 11) during the 'Grande Boucle' and revealed the presence of tramadol. As this is a first offense, Nairo Quintana, 32, remains eligible and can participate in the rest of the competitions.
What is Tramadol?
tramadol is an analgesic that relieves pain by acting on specific nerve cells in the spinal cord and the brain.
It is used for the treatment of pain of moderate to severe intensity.
Its behavior is the same as compared to other morphine-type opioids. After oral administration of tramadol, more than 40% of the dose is absorbed, regardless of the simultaneous ingestion of other medications.
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It was developed in 1977 in Germany to produce a certain level of analgesia and quickly conquered the market due to its powerful effect.
The substance has a high muscular affinity. The maximum plasma concentration is reached 3 hours after administration. The useful life does not exceed 6-8 hours.
Specialized media indicate that tramadol can cause dizziness, drowsiness, loss of attention and dependence, since it is a derivative of morphine.
Since March 1, 2019, the UCI has banned the use of tramadol in competition in all disciplines and categories to protect the health and safety of cyclists from the side effects of this substance.
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