WOW! At 52, Jeannie Longo wins another French national time trial title
French cycling legend Jeannie Longo easily beat riders half her age to claim her fourth consecutive time trial title at the French national championships on Thursday [June 23].
It was 52-year-old Longo’s 58th French national championship title including track and road cycling.
“A 58th title is a figure somewhat symbolic because it (1958) is the year of my birth,” said Longo. “This is the one I wanted and it really has made my season. It went well, but I wasn’t entirely confident today. I didn’t feel great, I slept badly last night and I’ve been feeling stressful about this.”
Longo, the Olympic road gold medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Games, claimed her first French national title in 1979, coincidentally the year that Thursday’s second-place finisher Ferrier-Bruneau was born.
Two days later, Ferrier-Bruneau won the road race and Longo took second.
Speaking as another gal from 1958, she has my utmost respect.