Longo Cleared of Missed-Test Violation

French cyclist had missed three tests

Jeannie Longo

Jeannie Longo     Photo: MollySVH/Flickr

French cyclist Jeannie Longo will not face a ban from cycling two months after French anti-doping authorities announced that she had missed three out-of-competition drug tests. In a decision released on Tuesday, the French cycling federation said that Longo, 53, was not in a pool of athletes required to disclose their locations when authorities tried and failed to test her in June. Longo is the winningest cyclist in French history, with nine world championship titles and an Olympic gold medal to her credit. Her husband, Patrice Ciprelli, is being investigated for buying EPO in 2007. Longo has made ambiguous statements about performance-enhancing drug use in the past.

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