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- Publisher: Vision Sports Publishing Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 26mm | 340g
- Publication date: 14 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1907637516
- ISBN 13: 9781907637513
- Illustrations note: Colour section
- Sales rank: 65,070
In 1996 Danish cycling legend Bjarne Riis won the Tour de France. Eleven years later he called a press conference and confessed to taking performance-enhancing drugs in order to achieve 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, young daydreamer who fell in love with cycling as an eight-year-old, to the hardened, regular user of banned blood booster EPO. While never shirking the seriousness of his actions Riis does attempt to explain the pressures and attitudes within cycling at the time that let him down a dark path that he now condemns. Brutally honest and as furiously fast-paced as one of his breakaways from the peleton, Riis is a powerful insight into the life and mind of one of the sport's key figures as well as a window into the world of professional road racing. There are not many people who have been involved in cycling to the extent that Riis has over the last 30 years and readers will be surprised by how open the normally taciturn Dane has been in his autobiography. If you liked Fignon's We Were Young and Carefree this book will certainly appeal to you.
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Bjarne Riis is a Danish former professional road cyclist and winner of the 1996 Tour de France. He is now the team owner and manager of Danish UCI ProTour squad Team Saxo Bank and has managed riders to wins in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. He remains an influential figure in the cycling world.
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 "A very exciting and captivating read." B.T.