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Rumsas’s wife arrested for doping products

Lithuanian cyclist Raimondas Rumsas, third in this year's Tour de France, has been suspended after his wife was found in possession of doping products, the rider's team Lampre announced Monday. "If we discover that the rider is at all responsible he will be fired straightaway," Lampre said in a statement announcing Rumsas' suspension pending an internal investigation. "The team is confused by what has happened and we state we have no involvement in this whatsoever," he added. Rumsas' wife was arrested on Sunday at Chamonix after customs officials found her in possession of

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Rumsas on the Tour podium in Paris on Sunday.

Rumsas on the Tour podium in Paris on Sunday.

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Lithuanian cyclist Raimondas Rumsas, third in this year’s Tour de France, has been suspended after his wife was found in possession of doping products, the rider’s team Lampre announced Monday.

“If we discover that the rider is at all responsible he will be fired straightaway,” Lampre said in a statement announcing Rumsas’ suspension pending an internal investigation.

“The team is confused by what has happened and we state we have no involvement in this whatsoever,” he added.

Rumsas’ wife was arrested on Sunday at Chamonix after customs officials found her in possession of a number of pharmaceutical products and two prescriptions “which could be considered doping.”

She was held in custody in the south eastern city of Lyon, where she remained Monday.

Rumsas’s wife accompanied the Lampre team rider from the Pyrenees until the penultimate stage of the Tour de France before the arrival in Paris on Sunday where he finished third behind American winner Lance Armstrong and Spain’s Joseba Beloki.

In Paris, the hotel of Rumsas and the entire Lampre team was also searched Sunday but nothing was found. Late Starter?

Competing in his first Tour de France 30-year-old Rumsas’ performance surpassed expectations with the Lithuanian cyclist’s career best so far a victory in the 2000 Tour of Lombardy.

Rumsas’ excellent form in the Tour raised more than a few eyebrows, and race director Jean-Marie Leblanc admitted on Monday he was ‘a bit astonished’ by the Lithuanian’s progress.

“It’s true that he won the Tour of Lombardy but he didn’t have the reputation as a rider capable of challenging in the biggest races, capable of a podium finish in the Tour de France,” Leblanc said.

“There are always late starters,” he added, declining to comment on the arrest of the rider’s wife.

Competing in his first Tour de France Rumsas’ performance surpassed expectations with the Lithuanian cyclist’s career best so far a victory in the Tour of Lombardy.

The man from the village of Salgalai, 250km from Vilnius, left home aged 13 years to train at the state sports academy at Paneyezys, turning professional in 1996 with the Fassa Bortolo team.

However he fell foul of team bosses when he won the Tour of Lombardy in 2000 when team-mate Francesco Casagrande had been tipped for victory and Rumsas was sidelined for their Tour de France squad.

Rumsas packed his bags and was welcomed with enthusiasm by the Lampre team making friends following the grueling Mont Ventoux stage of the Tour de France where he placed fifth and waited at the podium for each member of the team to cross the finishing line.

But despite not having won many races the Lithuanian had been listed among the pre-race favorites by another rival for the top spot Spaniard Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano after building a reputation as a time-trial specialist and a rider capable of imposing on the toughest climbs.

All samples tested thus far are negative

All doping tests taken during the Tour de France until last Wednesday’s 16th stage to La Plagne were negative, including those of Rumsas, doping officials said Monday.

Results from the final four days of the Tour will be known midweek, race deputy director Daniel Baal said. “After verification with the UCI, all the controls are negative up until and including July 24,” said Baal. “The results are also negative concerning EPO.”