Riis speaks out: 'Began to believe that I was evil'

In many ways the sport is inexorable. It is the few sports that has been gobbled up by dopingsnyd, but it is also one of the only, where the heroes, which has s

Riis speaks out: 'Began to believe that I was evil'

In many ways the sport is inexorable. It is the few sports that has been gobbled up by dopingsnyd, but it is also one of the only, where the heroes, which has since become the villains, still be held to account. 23 years after.

Like Bjarne Riis are still being it.

In a great interview with cykelmagasinet Rouleur says Riis, who otherwise often are very short in the media, if he even said himself, about the past, that have set deep marks in him.

"You can't imagine the consequences of it (dopingmisbruget, ed.). Telekom left me. I had no one around me that could help. Like many other riders. It does something to a person to be in the position," says Bjarne Riis.

Riis is a shy person. He would prefer to stay out of the limelight. Although it is quite inevitable, when you've won the world's biggest bike race as the only dane in the history of the title from 1996 is still in force, though he later admitted having used EPO.

Just the public eye, he has had difficult to deal with.

But the magazine Rouleur have followed the Danish cykelpersonlighed in a long time, and here, he opens himself up for the issues he previously tried to avoid.

"People don't say (when they see him, red.): 'There is Bjarne Riis!'. No. They say: 'There he is!' They are already talking about me. Long was my life such. Imagine it. I am constantly aware of people's views on me. I hear everything. Also even though I pretend that I do not," describes Bjarne Riis.

the Combination of great sporting achievements - both as a rider and team owner - and dopingindrømmelser have taken the hard Riis, who was affected by ambient sight on him.

He began to believe the malicious stories. So much so, that he was depressed in the 'semi-permanent' basis, because he could not control when the truth about his sinister past stopped to focus on the present.

Because the public narrative suddenly became his story.

"All told me that I was evil. Bjarne won, but he is evil. He is an evil man. All of the papers. People in the sport. All. I am an impostor. I'm lying. The name. For years it was my story. It was my life. One begins almost to believe it."

It came to pass in spite of that dopingen after Riis' statements has not been part of his life in a very, very long time. But for dane, it was important to take further distance from, because there also has been dopingrygter on Team CSC, at that time he was the team owner.

even Though Bjarne Riis rarely takes the word in the media, he has long been good to fill the media anyway. In the recent past, there have been increasing rumors that Microsoft is on the way back in leading a team in the big cykelscene. The choice is supposedly dropped on the Team Dimension of the Data, which from 2020 will be called Team NTT.

the Team spoke in advance of the star Michael Valgren, but from the turn of the year joins Lars Michaelsen and his namesake Lars Bak as sportsdirektører, while the young Andreas Stokbro comes in as the new rider on the team. You can read more about it here.

Updated Date: 14 December 2019, 19:00

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