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Tour de France News for May 7, 2004

Edited by John Stevenson

Warrant issued for Rumsas' arrest

The court in Bonneville, France, has issued an international warrant for the arrest of Lithuanian rider Raimondas Rumsas, in relation to the doping affair that involving his wife Edita following the 2002 Tour de France. Investigating magistrate Franck Guesdon also wishes to question Polish doctor Krysztof Fisek over his relationship with Rumsas.

The affair began at the conclusion of the Tour de France when Edita Rumsas' car was stopped at the French border and searched by customs officers. They found a large quantity of medical products, some of which were illegal. Edita was imprisoned in Bonneville for 68 days while French authorities tried (without success) to question Raimondas over his role in the affair.

In 2003, Raimondas Rumsas was suspended for a year after he tested positive for EPO during the Giro d'Italia, and he is still serving that penalty. In November 2003, Rumsas was awarded a symbolic euro after claiming damages against Franck Guesdon. Rumsas claimed that in a newspaper interview, Guesdon insinuated that Rumsas took illegal substances in order to finish third in the 2002 Tour de France.

Broken arm for Dean

New Zealand sprinter Julian Dean is out of action for several weeks after crashing during stage 2 of the Four Days of Dunkirk. Dean fell after 70 km of the 183 km stage between Hem and Saint Pol sur Mer, and was immediately taken to hospital. There he was diagnosed with a broken right forearm.

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