Bjarne Riis discusses doping past in new autobiography
Dethroned 1996 Tour de France champion Bjarne Riis has further lifted the lid on his doping practices as a rider in a newly released autobiography.
Riis, now manager of the Saxo Bank team, disclosed how during the 1998 Tour de France he threw vials of EPO down the toilet after hearing that his Deutsche Telekom team would be searched as part of the probe into the Festina doping scandal.
“In my room I didn’t have a choice. My vials of doping products had to disappear quickly. In just a few minutes I gathered all my doses of EPO and threw them down the toilet,” said Riis.
In an interview with the daily Politiken Riis also admitted spending “between half a million and a million kroner” — 67,000 to 134,000 euros today — on doping products.
Riis and his wife, Anne Dorte, told the weekly Soendagsavisen how doping became natural in their household with EPO being stored in the fridge in their kitchen.
Tour organizers stripped Riis of his 1996 title in 2007 after he admitted to doping when he won the race.