Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hood winner Pitel takes second to Longo at French National Time Trial champs

The 2009 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic winner Edwige Pitel returned to France and placed second Thursday in the French National Time Trial Championships. Pitel finished 33 seconds behind cycling legend Jeannie Longo, who won her 56th French National Champion jersey.

Both Pitel and Longo were forced to adjust their bikes or ride different ones after UCI officials ruled their bike set-ups illegal, according to Longo, who faced a similar problem at the 2008 Mt. Hood Classic that forced her to miss her start time, adjusted her bike and made her start. Pitel rode a spare bike.

At the 2009 Mt. Hood race, Pitel won the Prologue and two stages on her way to taking the overall women's crown of the four-stage race June 3-7 in Hood River. has the complete story.