French Rider Alex Baudin Disqualified from Giro d'ItaliaAugust 21, 2023
UCI has disqualified French rider Alex Baudin from Giro d'Italia after he tested positive for Tramadol.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the French rider Alex Baudin has been sanctioned for an infringement of the in-competition ban on using tramadol as set out in the UCI Medical Rules with the aim of protecting the safety and health of riders in view of the side-effects of this substance.
The analysis of a dried blood sample provided by the rider on 24 May on the 17th stage of the 2023 Giro d’Italia revealed the presence of tramadol and its two main metabolites.
In accordance with the UCI Medical Rules, and after a thorough examination of the case, the rider is disqualified from the 2023 Giro d’Italia.
During the 2023 Giro d’Italia, a total of 64 dried blood samples were collected as part of the tramadol programme.
Infringements of the in-competition ban on using tramadol are offences under the UCI Medical Rules. They do not constitute Anti-doping Rule Violations. As this is a first offence, Alex Baudin is not declared ineligible and can therefore participate in competitions.