Ageless Wonder Wins Again
52-year-old cyclist claims French title over all-comers
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French cyclist Jeannie Longo, a 52-year-old wonder, claimed her fourth consecutive French national time trial championship on Thursday, beating riders half her age en route to her 58th overall French title, counting road and track cycling. Longo finished the 19km course in 29 minutes and 45 seconds, 42 seconds up on 31-year-old Christel Ferrier-Bruneau, who was born the same year Longo won her first French title. The win was Longo’s eleventh French time trial gold, the most recent in a long string of titles including an Olympic bronze, two silvers, and a gold from 1996. She also owns 13 world championship titles and the world hour record, which she set in Mexico City in 2000 with an average speed of 28.02 mph. “I’m a bit like a dog … always willing to have a go,” she told USA Today in February.
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