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Stages of Light and Dark


By Bjarne Riis and Lars Steen Pedersen

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ISBN: 9781907637513

Format: Paperback

Pages: 320

Size: 216 x 135

Weight: 440grammes

Illustrations: Colour section

Published: May 2012

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

A fascinating read. Riis’s story is part that of cycling in the EPO-fuelled 90s, but it’s also a very human tale of complex family relationships and insatiable personal ambition. The picture that emerges from his book will surprise many who think they know Bjarne Riis
Richard Moore, author of Slaying the Badger , June 2012


The Inner Ring

June 2012

"A page turning book...it goes beyond many rider biographies."

Blazin' Saddles, Eurosport

June 2012

"A thrilling read and a wonderful insight into the motivations and corruptions of a champion"


October 2012

"An important addition to the story of professional cycling"

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