French Police Arrest Longo's Husband

Ciprelli suspected of buying EPO

Cyclist Jeannie Longo

Cyclist Jeannie Longo     Photo: Ludo29880/Flickr

The doping scandal that has haunted decorated French cyclist Jeannie Longo since August took another turn on Wednesday when French police arrested Patrice Ciprelli, Longo's husband, on charges that he illegally bought the blood booster EPO. In August, the French cycling federation banned Ciprelli after disgraced American cyclist Joe Papp claimed he had helped Ciprelli find a Chinese supplier of EPO. That ban was later overturned. Longo, 53, is an Olympic gold medalist and a 58-time French national champion. In November, she escaped a possible two-year ban for missing three out-of-competition drug tests.

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