The other day we saw Chris' beautiful shot of Jeannie Longo - Legend. Today comes word that she is facing a two year ban because she "received three warnings under the whereabouts system", according to Velonation. The latest warning occurred in the US where she was preparing for the French National TT Championships (which she won her 11th national title). As a result of this latest warning she will likely be prevented from participating in the upcoming World Championships and is facing the ban (which surely would end her long career - my comment).
I hate to see anyone banned for something like missing tests, or failing to comply with the "whereabouts system" but I understand why these policies and procedures exist and I support the enforcement of the rules. A third warning seems pretty bad to me, especially for such a veteran as Longo. I don't want to think ill of her long career and accomplishments, but this isn't exactly the type of behavior that inspires confidence. I hope this is not how Longo's career ends. It looks like she will not be at the 2011 World Championships and I wonder if Chris' shot from the race in Aspen was one of the last times we see Jeannie Longo race?
What are your thoughts?