By Andrew Hood
Raimondas Rumsas, whose wife has been charged with doping offenses after being caught with performance-enhancing drugs, showed absolutely no traces of doping in tests taken during the Tour de France, sources told AFP Wednesday.
Rumsas, who finished third in his Tour debut, was due to face a round of police questioning but his lawyer said he would not arrive until the afternoon after missing his flight.
Rumsas’s wife Edita was arrested on Sunday after French customs officials found a number of doping products including corticoids, testosterone and EPO in her car.
She is now being held at the women’s prison at Bonneville in the French Alps.
The samples given by the rider were “clear and precise” with no traces of testosterone or EPO, which are sometimes difficult to detect, in the urine tests he gave on July 22, the sources added.
No world’s or Vuelta for LeipheimerRabobank’s Levi Leipheimer said he will not be racing in the September’s Vuelta a Espana or October’s world championships. “The team’s not racing the Vuelta and the world’s are too late,” Leipheimer said after finishingeighth overall in his Tour de France debut. Leipheimer, 28, shined in thesecond half of the 2001 season, posting strong results in August and finishing third on the Vuelta podium and fourth in the world time trial championships.Because Rabobank raced in both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour, there’s no Vuelta in the team’s plans. Leipheimer said he will race in some of the upcoming World Cups and wind his season down by mid-September.No mountain bike worlds for ‘Little Mig’ ?
Miguel Martinez, the 2000 Olympic mountain bike gold medalist, said he will not be racing at the 2002 world mountain bike championships in Kaprun, Austria, next month. Martinez, riding in his first Tour de France with the Mapei team, was a big hit with the French media. He was a new face in the crowd and Martinez knows how to play up to the press.When asked before the start of the Tour’s final stage if he’ll be atKaprun, he said, “No, time for vacation.” Martinez still might show up, however. He’s still under contract with Full Dynamix to compete in a handful of mountain bike races each season leading to the 2004 Olympic Games.Botero to Telekom?
Another possible move could be Colombian Santiago Botero leaving Kelme for the Telekom team, at least according to reports in the Spanish press. Botero is fresh off two stage wins and his fourth-place Tour de France finish (a possible third if Raimondas Rumsas finds more troubles). Telekom will have some cash to play with after the departures of Kevin Livingston, Jens Heppner and Udo Bolts.Adidas says adios to Ullrich
The bad news just keeps piling up on the 1997 Tour de France champion.Adidas announced it is canceling its high-profile sponsorship deal withGerman cyclist Jan Ullrich. According to the German wires, the sports company decided to dump Ullrich following his positive test for amphetamines June 13.According to Ullrich’s agent, Wolfgang Strohband, the deal was worth about $300,000 per year through 2006. Ullrich’s salary estimated to be 1.3 million euros per year from his Telekom team has also been suspended during the duration of a racing suspension which lasts until March 23, 2003. Ullrich is reportedly still on vacation in the United States.