Arrests made in Italian amateur cycling team drugs bust

It is claimed the team president encouraged riders, many of whom were very young, to use the doping products which included growth hormones and opiate-based painkillers.

Published: 08th February 2018 05:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th February 2018 05:29 PM   |  A+A-

Doping

A series of arrests have been made following an anti-doping bust of one of Italy's biggest amateur cycling teams

By AFP

LUCCA (ITALY): A series of arrests have been made following an anti-doping bust of one of Italy's biggest amateur cycling teams, police said on Thursday.

Police raided several premises in the Tuscan town of Lucca and detained the team owner, a former sports director, and a pharmacist who allegedly supplied the cyclists with drugs prohibited without a prescription.

It is claimed the team president encouraged riders, many of whom were very young, to use the doping products which included growth hormones and opiate-based painkillers.

The police anti-doping unit in Lucca was launched after the death of Linas Rumsas, an amateur cyclist and son of former Lithuanian professional cyclist Raimondas, who died following a heart attack in May 2017.

The investigation that led to Thursday's arrests however does not concern 21-year-old Rumsas, who the prosecutor in Lucca suspects died as a result of the use of banned doping substances.

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