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by Shane Stokes
October 4, 2017
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The same day Raimondas Rumsas finished third in the 2002 Tour de France, large quantities of doping products were discovered in a car his wife was driving. He tested positive for EPO the following year.
Weeks after the news that former Tour de France podium finisher Raimondas Rumsas was amongst those being investigated in connection to his son Linus’ sudden death, Italian media has reported that a second son has tested positive for a doping product.
Italian Olympic Committee CONI announced the news on Tuesday, saying that Raimondas Rumsas junior was provisionally suspended after traces of GHRP-6 was found. The 23-year-old was subjected to a surprise control in Capannori on September 4. This was the same day that his family home was raided by those investigating his younger brother’s death.
On May 1, Linus Rumsas lost consciousness and underwent examinations at the San Luca hospital in Lucca, Italy. Those tests included a cardiogram, but hospital staff assumed a printer error in relation to the latter and released him. The following day he collapsed at 10.30 in his home. The Lituanian under 23 champion was aided by his family and then by ambulance staff, but despite being taken back to the hospital his heart stopped two hours later. The 21-year-old had been competing for the elite under 23 Altopack Eppela team.
Last week Il Tirreno said that in the searches carried out at the Rumsas family home and the apartment of the president of team, Elso Frediani, led to the discovery of questionable substances. Amphetamines were reportedly amongst the substances found, as well as the anaemic treatment Ferlixit, syringes, insulin and medicines for the treatment of serious illnesses.
Rumsas senior is a controversial figure: the same day he finished third overall in the 2002 Tour de France, his wife Edita was stopped at the French border with an array of doping substances. Her car contained corticoids, EPO, testosterone, growth hormone and steroids. Rumsas subsequently tested positive for EPO the following May and he received a one-year ban.