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Longo wins Trophée des Grimpeurs …again

French champion Jeannie Longo, won France’s Trophée des Grimpeurs (the Climbers’ Trophy) in Argenteuil for the fifth time in her career on Sunday.

The 50-year-old from Grenoble finished alone, 53 seconds ahead of teammate Edwige Pitel.

Longo won the event 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2008, a record made all the more impressive given that the Trophée des Grimpeurs, part of the Coupe de France, didn’t include a womens event until 2000.

The seemingly unstoppable Longo, who finished second in Friday’s Souvenir Magali-Pache, an individual time trial in Switzerland, is expected to defend her French national road and time trial titles in Saint-Brieuc in late June.

Longo, who has more than 1100 wins to her credit, will turn 51 in October.

Top-5, Trophée des Grimpeurs
1. Jeannie Longo (ASPSA), 60km in 1:37:42
2. Edwige Pitel (ASPSA), at 0:53
3. Karine Gautard (Futuroscope), at 1:05
4. Aude Biannic (Bretagne), at 2:08
5. Pascale Jeuland (Futuroscope), at 2:08

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