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Edita may be close to release
By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002
Small amounts of human growth hormone and testosterone were among the bannedproducts seized by French customs officials from the car of Edita Rumsas,wife of Lithuania’s Tour de France third-placed finisher Raimondas, theFrench newspaper L’Equipe reported Thursday.
Edita Rumsas has been held in prison since being picked-up on July28 – the day of the final stage of the Tour de France – while her husbandhas refused to return to France to answer questions over the affair inwhich he claimed the products were for his mother-in-law.
However L’Equipe now reports that Rumsas’ wife could be releasedsoon after the rider finally agreed to answer questions put to him by Frenchpolice in an Italian police station on Wednesday.Rumsas has been held in custody at Bonneville women’s prison for overseven weeks on suspicion of provoking, inciting and offering drugs forconsumption.The 28-year-old mother-of-three was picked up in the French Alps with37 different types of medication including corticoids, testosterone andgrowth hormones in her car and has lost two appeals to try and win herfreedom.Rumsas has been suspended by his Italian Lampre team pending furtherinvestigation into the case.Two tests during the Tour de France failed to detect any doping substancesin 30-year-old Rumsas’ bloodstream, and an independent test administeredin the first week of August also showed he was clean.However, L’Equipe, citing unnamed sources, reports that Rumsas’sred-blood-cell count, which would normally decrease over the course ofa three-week tour, was actually higher when the Tour de France finishedthan when the race started in Luxemburg.