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Longo racing for another national title at age 54

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 18, 2013, 0:11 BST,
Updated:
June 18, 2013, 1:12 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Race:
French Road Championships
Age shall not weary them: Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli will turn 52 later this month, yet she showed she can still turn out a time trial worthy of the world's top five.

Age shall not weary them: Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli will turn 52 later this month, yet she showed she can still turn out a time trial worthy of the world's top five.

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Frenchwoman finished 12th in 2012 road race; 5th in ITT

Veteran Jeannie Longo will compete in the French national championships this week in a bid to win her 60th title.

The 54-year-old will be entered in both the road race and the individual time trial for the event which will take place in north western France.

In 2012, Longo finished 5th in the chrono and 12th in the road race which meant that for the first time since 1984, she did not qualify for the Olympic Games. Following that performance Longo denied she would be walking away from the sport after struggling to keep up with the 20-year-old winners of the road race and time trial; Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Marion Rousse.

"I think that [retirement] would be wrong, that is why I relaunched myself this spring. As long as there is life, there is hope," she said last June.

On the weekend, Longo finished runner-up in the GP Luzern I.T.T.

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