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by Shane Stokes
January 25, 2018
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The same day Raimondas Rumsas Sr. 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.
Three and a half months after the news that Raimondas Rumsas junior had tested positive for GHRP-6, the 23-year-old rider has been sentenced to four years’ suspension. In October Italian Olympic Committee CONI announced that the 23-year-old Lituanian had been subjected to a surprise control in Capannori, Italy on September 4, with that sample then revealing traces of the banned substance.
Investigators had raided the Rumsas family home on the same day as part of their investigation into his brother Linus Rumsas’ death. The younger rider lost consciousness on May 1 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.
Media reports after the searches of the family home plus that of the president of the team, Elso Frediani, stated that questionable substances were found. Amphetamines were reportedly amongst the substances discovered, as well as the anaemic treatment Ferlixit, syringes, insulin and medicines for the treatment of serious illnesses.
Rumsas’ father Raimondas Rumsas senior is a controversial figure within the sport. He finished third overall in the 2002 Tour de France but, on the same day, 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.