Veteran French cyclist Jeannie Longo, who is hoping to qualify for the Beijing Olympics this summer, won the Trophee des Grimpeurs (Climbers’ Trophy) for the fourth time on Sunday.
Longo, who turns 50 years old in October, had already won the event which counts towards the French Cup of womens’ cycling, in 2001, 2004 and 2007.
She covered the 62.6km course in 1:40.30 to finish more than three minutes ahead of leading rivals Christel Ferrier-Bruneau and Magali Le Floc’h as she notched up the 1,020th victory of her long career.
“I didn’t have much in the tank today,” said Longo, who explained how she had warmed up for the event by competing in the Tour of Romandie time-trial two days ago where she clocked the seventh fastest time.
Longo has competed in every Olympics since women’s cycling was introduced to the programme in 1984, and is hoping to make the French team for Beijing.
She won the Olympic road race title in 1996 after taking the silver four years earlier in Barcelona. She also won silver in the road time-time in Atlanta and bronze in the same event in Sydney.