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Responding to a story on Monday in La Gazetta dello Sport, Polish rider Rafal Majka has denied accusations that he used banned substances while as an amateur. The report quoted his former team manager Andrea Del Nista as saying that the rider used testosterone and growth hormones while competing with the Gragnano Sporting Club team. He raced there between 2008 and 2010.
The Italian paper said that the claims were contained in a 114 page judicial report put together as part of the enquiry into the death in May of the Lithuanian rider Linas Rumsas. He had been racing with the Altopack team. Subsequent to his passing, his brother Raimondas Rumsas Jr. was subjected to a surprise test in September and tested positive for GHRP-6. He was given a four year suspension last month.
“Referring to the media reports and various publications in which the word ‘doping’ appears close to my name, I declare that I do not agree to such slanders as it may expose me to the loss of trust of my friends, fans and directly affect my Good name,” said Majka via his Facebook page.
“The thoughtless duplications of this type of false information may ruin my image as an athlete and it is a direct attack on my past successes, which I have achieved only by hard work, sacrifices and frequent separation from my family. I am proud to represent my cycling team and my country at international events and I cannot allow my name to be combined with any unfair activities which I have nothing to do with. I have never been a member of the Altopack team in respect of which anti-doping rule violation is pending now.”
The latter part of the statement is confusing, as La Gazzetta did not say that Majka was a member of that team.