Cycling. At 63, Jeannie Longo wins a race… thanks to a Breton rider

She continues to win: at more than 63 years old, Jeannie Longo won, on Sunday, the cyclosportive “the small Loop of the Verdon” in Gréoux-les-Bains in Provence as reported by the daily newspaper of Dauphiné.

According to our colleagues, the legend of French sport won this event with the help of a young Breton professional rider, Morbihannais Alan Jousseaume, a professional with the TotalEnergies team since January 1.

The Morbihannais Alan Jousseaume, pro at TotalEnergies, gave Jeannie Longo a hand. (Photo TotalEnergies)

“It was cold this morning, my legs were a little heavy, I was out of breath. I’m always very slow at the start, the race started at full speed. I’m tired of running early in the morning. It took me a while to heat up the machine. I hung on. I tried to follow with the young man from TotalEnergie, Alan Jousseaume, I suffered but I stayed in his wheel, it was he who allowed me to stay in the game and go all the way.” , says the Iséroise in the Dauphiné.

“Jeannie was running with my mother…”

Reached by telephone on Monday, Alain Jousseaume said he had a great time in this event. “Since I live in the area, I had gone there in training mode and found myself in a group that featured Jeannie (Longo). We had to do 90 kilometers together, it was a very nice moment, ”says the Vannetais. “I had no trouble recognizing. For the record, my mother was running with her in the early 2000s. After a few kilometers, I went to see her to talk to her about it, she was laughing…”

700 competitors were at the start of the 23rd Boucles du Verdon on Sunday.

As a reminder, Jeannie Longo has a total of around sixty French champion titles, 13 world champion titles and an Olympic title.

Last year, at an average speed of more than 38 km/h, Jeannie Longo won in her category (60-64 years old) at the start of the French masters time trial championships.

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