Raimondas Rumsas, who finished third in the 2002 Tour de France, is reportedly under investigation regarding the death of his son.
21-year-old Linas Rumsas died of cardiac arrest on May 2 and L’Equipe reports that the prosecutor’s office in Lucca, Italy, has now launched an investigation into five people, including his father.
Illegal products are said to have been found in the family apartment, as well as that of the director of the Altopack team for which Linus Rumsas rode.
This would not be the first time Raimondas Rumsas has been investigated regarding doping.
Shortly after he had finished on the podium in the 2002 Tour, his wife Edita was arrested by French police when the car she was driving was found to contain large quantities of substances including corticosteroids, testosterone, EPO, growth hormones and anabolic steroids.
She claimed that the drugs were for her mother-in-law. Her husband refused to travel back from Italy to help her and she remained in jail for several months.
In 2006, the couple were handed four-month suspended jail sentences for smuggling banned substances into France.
In May 2003, shortly after finishing sixth in the Giro d’Italia, Raimondas Rumsas was handed a one-year ban after testing positive for EPO.