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Edita Rumsas loses another round in court

The wife of Tour de France third-place finisher Raimondas Rumsas lost another appeal here Thursday to be released from the prison where she has been detained since her July arrest on drug possession charges. Edita Rumsas has been held in custody at Bonneville women's prison for nearly eight weeks on suspicion of provoking, inciting and offering drugs for consumption. Her lawyer Veronique Coudray said that a new appeal, the third by her legal team, had been rejected by the court of appeal here Thursday. The mother-of-three was picked up in the French Alps on July 29 - the day the Tour

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002

The wife of Tour de France third-place finisher Raimondas Rumsas lost another appeal here Thursday to be released from the prison where she has been detained since her July arrest on drug possession charges. Edita Rumsas has been held in custody at Bonneville women’s prison for nearly eight weeks on suspicion of provoking, inciting and offering drugs for consumption.

Her lawyer Veronique Coudray said that a new appeal, the third by her legal team, had been rejected by the court of appeal here Thursday.

The mother-of-three was picked up in the French Alps on July 29 – the day the Tour finished – with large quantities of medication including corticoids, testosterone, EPO, growth hormones and anabolic steroids in her car.

Her husband, who has refused to return to France claiming that his wife is being held as bait to lure him back, claimed they were destined for his mother-in-law.

Two tests during the Tour de France failed to detect any doping substances in 30-year-old Rumsas’ bloodstream, and an independent test administered in the first week of August also showed no traces of drugs.