9 Feb 2012

Longo's husband questioned by police

4:59 am on 9 February 2012

The husband and coach of former Olympic and world champion cyclist Jeannie Longo is being questioned by French police on smuggling products dangerous for health charges.

Patrice Ciprelli was arrested at his home, with the prosecutor's office adding that Longo is set to be heard as a witness.

Ciprelli and a friend are being questioned over allegations made by French newspaper L'Equipe that he purchased banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) from China.

Longo, who wants to compete at the London Olympics, won the first of her 13 world road and track titles in 1985 and picked up an Olympic road race gold medal in Atlanta in 1996.