Longo Facing Whereabouts Ban

Cycling legend allegedly misses drug tests

Jeannie Longo

Jeannie Longo     Photo: Ludo29880/Flickr

Former Olympic and world champion cyclist Jeannie Longo could be forced from from cycling after allegedly missing three random drug tests, violating an anti-doping whereabouts rule that could result in an automatic two-year ban. The French Anti-Doping Agency has warned Longo, 52, three times in the past 18 months, most recently on June 20 while Longo was training in the United States. A report published Friday in the French newspaper L’Equipe said “the champion was not at the hotel where she should have been” when American anti-doping authorities arrived to administer a test. Longo will now face a disciplinary hearing before the French cycling federation and may miss the world championships on September 19-25 in Copenhagen. If found liable, her suspension could run from three months to two years. Longo, one of the greatest masters athletes in modern history, won her 58th French national title in June. In addidion to her Olympic gold, she owns two silver medals, 13 world championship titles, and the world one-hour record.

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