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Monday, June 30, 2008

Veteran Longo books ticket to seventh Olympics

by Agence France-Presse at 12:07 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
French cycling legend Jeannie Longo on Monday clinched a place to compete in her seventh Olympics at the age of 49.

The five-time world champion staked her claim with an outstanding win in both the road race and time-trial at the French National Championships last week. She finshed in 31 minutes 16 seconds, over a minute ahead of second-placed Edwige Pitel.

The 1996 Olympic road race champion has competed in every Games since women's cycling was first introduced. She will compete in both the road race and time-trail races in Beijing.

She is one of three women selected for the French team along with Cristel Ferrier-Bruneau and Maryline Salvetat, with Pitel, who competed at the Athens Games, missing out.

Longo, who will be 50 in October, has won world titles in time-trials and road races, but her only Olympic gold came when she won the road race in Atlanta.

French women's team:
Road Race: Christel Ferrier-Bruneau, Jeannie Longo, Maryline Salvetat
Time-trial: Jeannie Longo, Maryline Salvetat
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