Use of Tizanidine in cycling crosses an ethical red line, says former Tour de France doctor

Former Tour de France doctor and anti-doping expert Jean-Pierre de Mondenard has told the West France newspaper that the discovery of powerful muscle relaxant Tizanidine in the hair of three riders indicates the further medicalization of the sport and the crossing of an ethical red line.

On Thursday French researchers revealed details of the hair test they created for Tizanidine in a document published in the Wiley Analytical Science Journal by Pascal Kintz, Laurie Gheddar, and Jean-Sébastien Raul.

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