Riis’ book has already been a big hit in his homeland (AFP/Getty Images)
Former pro cyclist and current Saxo Bank team owner Bjarne Riis will take part in a Q and A next week in support of his autobiography, Riis – Stages of Light and Dark.
The book, already a best seller in his native Denmark, has been translated into English for the first time and following its publication earlier this month, the Dane will visit Sigma Sports in Kingston upon Thames, London at 7.00pm on 30 May to answer questions from the public.
In 1996, Riis made history by becoming the first Dane to take overall victory at the Tour de France. 11 years later, his win was struck from the record books (and subsequently reinstated, with conditions) after he admitted his win was fuelled by EPO.
His autobiography chronicles his life, from the shy eight-year-old who discovered the sport, to the champion cyclist turned banned substance user and finally the owner of his own professional cycling team. It’s available now, published by Vision Sports Publishing, on 14 May for £12.99.