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French cycling champ Longo faces possible ban

Updated: September 09, 2011, 12:36


FILE -- This June 24, 2010 file photo shows Jeannie Longo on the podium displaying her gold medal after winning the 24.7 km race against the clock in the French cycling championship in Chantonnay, western France. A report in French sports newspaper L'Equipe says former Olympic and world champion cyclist  Longo could face a maximum two-year suspension for breaking anti-doping rules requiring athletes to tell authorities where they can be located for testing. The report says the 52-year-old Longo broke the rules twice in the past 18 months and then again a third time on June 20, while training in the United States. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)

PARIS (AP) Former Olympic and world champion cyclist Jeannie Longo will face a disciplinary hearing for allegedly breaking anti-doping rules that require athletes to disclose their whereabouts for testing,

Her lawyer Bruno Ravaz confirmed the hearing Friday. L'Equipe sports daily ran a report saying the 52-year-old Longo broke the rules twice in the past 18 months and then again a third time on June 20 while training in the United States.

Lungo will be brought before France's cycling federation, where she faces a suspension of three months to two years.

Longo won the gold medal in the road race at the 1996 Atlanta Games. She has nine road world championship golds, claimed four titles at the world track championships and has been French champion 58 times.

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