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by Shane Stokes
February 13, 2018
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Double Tour de France mountains jersey winner Rafal Majka has been accused of using testosterone and growth hormones while racing as an amateur. According to La Gazetta dello Sport, a 114 page judicial report implicates the rider with a claim that the Polish competitor was involved in a doping case.
He was part of the Gragnano Sporting Club team between 2008 and 2010, working alongside the directeur sportif Elso Frediani. Majka’s former teammate Andrea Del Nista has said that the rider had been using both banned products at that time.
The inquiry began after the Lithanian rider Linas Rumsas died suddenly in May. He is the son of former Tour de France podium finisher Raimondas Rumsas, who served a ban for EPO. Investigations into Rumsas’ death saw the seizing of banned substances, plus tests being carried out on his brother Raimondas Rumsas Jr.
The latter tested positive for GHRP-6. Last month the 23 year old rider was given a four year suspension for the offence.
Majka won the Tour’s polka dot jersey in 2014 and 2016, and is a past winner of three stages in the race. He is currently with the Bora-hansgrohe team.