Bjarne Riis: Stages of Light and Dark
In RIIS, his sensational autobiography – already an acclaimed bestseller in Denmark and Germany – the notoriously private Dane bares his soul.
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In 1996 Danish cyclist Bjarne Riis won the Tour de France. Eleven years later he called a press conference and confessed to taking EPO on the way to achieving the ultimate cycling triumph. In RIIS, his sensational autobiography – already an acclaimed bestseller in Denmark and Germany – the notoriously private Dane bares his soul. From the shy eight-year-old who fell in love with cycling to the champion cyclist turned banned substance user, and finally the Team Saxo Bank owner determined to deliver a ‘clean’ Tour de France winner.
Brutally honest and as furiously fast-paced as one of his breakaways from the peloton, RIIS reveals a reflective man who doesn’t shy away from the darker episodes of his life and is resolved to learn from his mistakes.
It is very rare to find such a well told and honest biography as this one, where the main character fearlessly sacrifices himself.
Politiken, January 2012
Atmospheric, dark and sometimes shocking, this is a powerful and poignant insight into the troubled history of one of European cycling’s most influential personalities.
Jeremy Whittle, correspondent to The Times, April 2012
Essential reading for anybody who's interested in pro cycling
Cycle Sport , May 2012
Author name: Bjarne Riis
Pages: 320 dimension 215 x 135mm