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Bjarne Riis

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Bjarne Riis winning the 199km long, 16th stage of the 1996 Tour de France
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Bjarne Riis (born April 3, 1964 in Herning) is a Danish cyclist; he won the Tour de France in 1996.

Riis began cycling professionally in 1986, but his career ended prematurely due to a crash on June 18, 1999 while cycling to the starting line of a stage in the Tour de Suisse. He never fully recovered and officially retired in 2000.

Other career highlights include winning the Amstel Gold Race in 1997, multiple Danish National Championships, and stage wins in the Giro d'Italia. Riis's crowing achievement as cyclist was unseating Miguel Indurain's five year stranglehold on the Tour de France by winning it in 1996.

After retiring as a cyclist, Riis moved on to coaching; he is now the General Manager of his own cycling team, Team CSC.Template:Cycling stub

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