Raimondas Rumšas

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Raimondas Rumšas
Personal information
Full name Raimondas Rumšas
Born (1972-01-14) January 14, 1972 (age 42)
Šilutė, Lithuania
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1996–1999
2000–2001
2002–2003
2004
Mróz
Fassa Bortolo
Lampre-Farnese Vini
Acqua & Sapone
Major wins
Giro di Lombardia
3rd place 2002 Tour de France
Infobox last updated on
April 21, 2009

Raimondas Rumšas (born 14 January 1972 in Šilutė, Lithuania) is a retired professional road bicycle racer. He came third in the 2002 Tour de France but was implicated in a doping scandal.

Doping[edit]

On the day of Rumšas' third place finish in the 2002 Tour de France, police discovered corticoids, erythropoietin, testosterone, growth hormones and anabolic steroids in the car of his wife, Edita Rumšienė.[1] She was jailed for several months before being released, despite her claim that the drugs were for her mother-in-law.

In May 2003 Rumšas tested positive for the banned endurance enhancer erythropoietin (EPO).[2] He had just finished the 2003 Giro d'Italia, where he ranked sixth. Rumšas received a one-year ban. He briefly returned to cycling in 2004 with Acqua & Sapone team for the Gran Premio Città di Camaiore.[3]

In June 2005, Rumšas was arrested before his trial by the Bonneville court.[4] In January 2006, he and his wife received a four-month suspended prison sentences for the import of prohibited doping substances. Polish doctor Krzysztof Ficek was handed a 12-month suspended sentence for prescribing the drugs.[4]

Results[edit]

1999
1st Semana Lombarda + stage win
1st Karkonoze Tour + stage win
2nd The Peace Race + stage win
Stage 4 - PruTour
2000
1st Giro di Lombardia
5th Vuelta a España
2001
1st Tour of the Basque Country + stage win
2nd Paris–Nice
1st Lithuanian Championship
1st Baltic Championship
2002
2nd Bicicleta Vasca
3rd Tour de France
2005
1st Lithuanian Time Trial Championship
2nd Lithuanian Championship

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daley, Kieran (2002-07-31). "Cycling: Rumsas' wife charged over drugs haul". The Independent. 
  2. ^ "Cycling's rocky road". BBC. 2004-02-15. 
  3. ^ Fabio (2004-08-04). "55th GP Cittá di Camaiore (1.2): Updated". Daily Peloton. 
  4. ^ a b "Rumsas receives suspended sentence". CNN.com. 2006-01-26. 
Awards
Preceded by
Lithuania Rasa Polikevičiūtė
Best Lithuanian sportsman of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius

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