The French Cycling Federation has suspended the husband of champion cyclist Jeannie Longo, following a report that he bought the doping agent EPO in 2007. In an interview in the French sports paper L'Equipe, disgraced American cyclist Joe Papp confirmed that he sold EPO to Patrice Ciprelli, Longo's husband, in 2007. L'Equipe also published email correspondence between Papp, Ciprelli, and a man identified as a Chinese supplier. "I understood that Longo was the beneficiary of the EPO," Papp told L'Equipe. Outside profiled Papp in 2008 for his admitted role in professional cycling's underground doping culture. The response from the French Cycling Federation comes after last week's report that Longo had missed three doping tests in the past eighteen months, prompting warnings from the French Anti-Doping Agency that she could face a two-year doping suspension. Ciprelli has accused L'Equipe of faking the emails. In June, the 52-year-old cyclist bagged her fourth consecutive French national time trial championship, reaffirming her position as one of the world's most competitive female cyclists.
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