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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2002
Edita Rumsas, the wife of Lithuanian cyclist Raimondas Rumsas and charged with drugs offences, has been freed from the Bonneville women’s prison on bail, her lawyer Veronique Coudray said Friday. Lithuanian Rumsas had been held in the French prison since her arrest in July after investigators found a large variety of performance-enhancing drugs in her car following the Tour de France, in which her husband placed third. Bail was fixed at 20,000 euros ($20,000) and, according to Coudray, the 28-year-old Rumsas intends to go to Italy once the sum has been paid.
The mother-of-three was picked up in the Alps just as the Tour was about to begin its final stage into Paris. Police found 37 different forms of medication including corticoids, testosterone, EPO, growth hormones and anabolic steroids.
Two tests during the Tour de France failed to detect any doping substances in 30-year-old Rumsas’ system, and an independent test administered in the first week of August also found no trace of drugs.Copyright AFP2002