Jeannie Longo

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Jeannie Longo
Jeannie Longo - 6 jours de Grenoble 2011.jpg
Longo in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jeannie Longo
Born (1958-10-31) 31 October 1958 (age 56)
Annecy, France
Team information
Professional team(s)
1994–1995 Intersport-Nakamura
1998–1999 Ebly
2007 Team Uniqa Graz
2008 Pro Feminin Les Carroz
Infobox last updated on
26 February 2015

Jeannie Longo (born 31 October 1958 in Annecy, Haute-Savoie) is a French racing cyclist, 59-time French champion and 13-time world champion. Longo is still active in cycling as of 2011 and is widely considered one of the greatest female cyclists of all time. She is famous for her competitive nature and her longevity in a sport where some of her competitors were not yet born during her first Olympic competition in 1984. She was selected to compete for France in the 2008 Olympics, her seventh Olympic Games.[1] She had stated that this would be her final participation in the Olympics.[2] In the Women's road race, she finished 24th, 33 seconds behind winner Nicole Cooke, who was one year old when Longo first rode in the Olympics.[3] At the same Olympics, she finished 4th in the road time trial, just two seconds shy of securing a bronze medal.[4] She is currently number two on the all-time list of French female summer or winter Olympic medal winners, with a total of four medals, which is one less than the total number won by the fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic.


Longo about to start the time trial stage of the 2001 Women's Challenge

Longo was born in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, in the French Alps where she began her athletic career as a downhill skier. After winning the French schools' ski championship and three university skiing championships, she switched to cycling at the urging of her coach (and later husband) Patrice Ciprelli. Within a few months, Longo won the French road race Championship at the age of 21.

She competed both in road and track bicycle racing events, and is an Olympic gold-medalist and thirteen-time world champion. Her palmares include:

Doping affair[edit]

In September 2011, French sports daily L'Equipe reported that Longo's husband, Patrice Ciprelli, had purchased her the performance enhancing drug EPO from China via former American professional cyclist Joe Papp.[6][7] The charges prompted an investigation of Longo by the Fédération Française de Cyclisme (FFC)[8] which cleared her in a November 2011 statement.


Note: Beginning in 1997, the Union Cycliste Internationale awarded points to riders based on their performances. For this purpose, the races were classified. Although the system has evolved, the major stage races are category 1 (strongest) and 2. In the listings below, these categories, where known, are in parentheses. GC stands for general classification.

Emakumeen Bira - 1st GC
UCI Points list - 7th
Arc en ciel.svgWorld TimeTrial Championships - 1st
GP des Nations Time Trial - 1st
Trophee d'Or - 1st place GC, 2 stage victories
Interreg-Dreilaender Damen Tour - 3rd GC
Tour du Canton de Conques - 1st place GC, 2 stage victories
Vuelta a Majorca - 2nd GC, stage victory
Trois Jours de Vendee - 3rd GC
UCI Points list - 10th
World Championships
Time Trial - 5th
Road Race - 9th
French Road CCT - 3rd
Trophee d'Or - 3rd GC, stage victory
FranceFrench Track Pursuit Championships - 1st
FranceFrench Road Race Championship - 1st
Women's Challenge (cat. 1) - 4th GC
Montreal (Can) World Cup - 2nd
Trois Jours de Vendee - stage victory
Mt. Evans Hill Climb--1st and course record
Canberra Cycling Classic (Tour de Snowy) - 3rd GC, stage victory
Tour of Aquitaine - 3rd GC, stage victory
1st Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and course record
UCI Points List - 11th
World Championships
Arc en ciel.svgTime Trial - 1st
Road Race - 3rd place
Grande Boucle Féminine (cat. 1) - 9th GC
Women's Challenge (cat. 1) - 5th place GC, Mountains jersey, stage victory
Montréal (Can) World Cup - 6th
Grand prix de Haute-Garonne - 6th
World Time Trial Championships - 7th
Chrono Champenois-Trophee Européen (cat. 2) - 3rd
World Time Trial Championship - 6th
World Road Race Championship - 6th
Olympic Games Road Race - 10th
FranceFrench Road Race Championship - 1st
Chrono Champenois - 2nd
FranceFrench Road Race Championship - 1st
FranceFrench Time Trial Championship - 1st
World Time Trial Championship - 7th
1st, FranceFrench Time Trial Championship
1st, FranceFrench Road Race Championship
Olympic Games Road Race - 24th
Olympic Games road time-trial - 4th
1st, Mt. Evans Hill Climb
1st, Trophée des Grimpeurs, women's.[9]
FranceFrench Time Trial Championship - 1st
1st, Chrono Des Nations
3rd GC, Fitchburg Longsjo Classic
1st, FranceFrench Elite Time-Trial Championship
1st, Chrono des Nations
3rd, French Elite Road Race Championship
1st, FranceFrench Elite Time-Trial Championship
Olympic Games Medal History

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Longo to seventh Olympic Games". 2 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "A French Cyclist’s Long Ride", New York Times, 28 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Canada's Hobson 17th in cold, wet, women's road cycling race". The Toronto Star. 10 August 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Women's cycling road race: Individual time trial -final". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Clemitson, Suze (19 September 2014). "Why Jens Voigt and a new group of cyclists want to break the Hour record". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Sayare, Scott (8 February 2012). "Home of Top Female Cyclist Searched". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Chronologie des faits - Retour sur la chronologie des événements de l'affaire Ciprelli.". L'Equipe. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
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