Dag Erik Pedersen

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Dag Erik Pedersen
Pedersen in 2008
Personal information
Full nameDag Erik Pedersen
Born(1959-06-06)6 June 1959
Skien, Norway
Died3 June 2024(2024-06-03) (aged 64)
Helgeroa, Norway
Team information
Professional teams
1991Del Tongo–MG Boys
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
3 individual stages (1984, 1986)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (1992)

Dag Erik Pedersen (6 June 1959 – 3 June 2024) was a Norwegian road racing cyclist with a long career as professional. He won 3 stages in the Giro d'Italia and he came 4th in the Road race in the 1981 World Championship. He was a member of Birkenes IL, previously for Larvik SK and Grenland SK before he turned professional after the Worlds in September 1981.

Pedersen won a total of 43 professional races in his 12 years in Italy and the Netherlands. He won the Norwegian National Road Race Championship in 1992.[1]

After he retired as a cyclist he began working for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation where until his death he worked as an anchor. He won best news and sports anchor in Norway in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008. He spoke fluent English, German, Italian, French, Dutch and basic Spanish.

Pedersen also worked with film director Nils Gaup on several occasions. Best known are "When Dylan came to Langesund" and "Deadline Torp". In 2000, he made a TV documentary about King Harald of Norway. He also made TV portraits of famous people like Sir Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli, B. B. King, Michael Persbrandt, Rod Stewart, Kronprins Haakon of Norway, Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú and Bernard Kouchner.[citation needed] In the early 1980s he had a career as a pop singer issuing two singles and the album Gatelangs.

He spent 24 days in prison in 1994 for speeding.[2]

In an interview with Norwegian media VG/NRK,[3] Pedersen did not rule out that he might have been drugged when, in the 1980s, he got injections whose content he did not know.

Already in 2008, Pedersen was saying that injections with unknown content were a part of the normal daily routines as a bicycle professional. Pedersen tested positive for ephedrine at the 1981 Milk Race (Tour of Britain) and got a one-month suspension.[4]

Pedersen died in Helgeroa on 3 June 2024, at the age of 64, three days before his 65th birthday.[5]

Major results

National Junior Road Championships
1st Road race
1st Time trial
1st Overall Ringerike GP
2nd Overall Tour de Berlin
2nd Overall Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt
1st Overall GP Tell
1st Overall Ringerike GP
1st Stage 9 Milk Race
1st Giro del Lazio
5th Giro dell'Emilia
5th GP Industria & Artigianato
7th Coppa Agostoni
8th Overall Ruota d'Oro
2nd Giro del Veneto
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
3rd Overall Tour of the Americas
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
8th Overall Tour of Sweden
1st Overall Tour of Norway
1st Stage 4
2nd Giro di Campania
6th Milan–San Remo
7th Overall Giro del Trentino
10th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 9 & 16
10th Paris–Tours
1st Stage 15 Giro d'Italia
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Overall Giro di Puglia
3rd GP Industria & Artigianato
4th Giro dell'Etna
6th Trofeo Pantalica
7th Tre Valli Varesine
7th Züri-Metzgete
8th Overall Circuit Cycliste Sarthe
8th Giro del Trentino
10th Paris–Tours
10th Giro di Campania
10th Nice–Alassio
4th Grand Prix Cerami
9th Milan–San Remo
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Overall Tour of Norway
1st Stages 1 & 5
2nd Milano–Torino
5th Brabantse Pijl
1st Overall Ringerike GP
1st Stage 5
2nd Overall Tour of Norway
1st Stages 4, 5 & 6
1st Overall Tour of Norway
1st Stages 2 & 5
2nd Overall Tour of Sweden
1st Stages 3 & 6
1st Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Tour of Norway

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
A gold jersey Vuelta a España
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 10 DNF 81 59 DNF DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "National Championship, Road, Elite, Norway". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ Enger, Thomas. "Stjernene det lukter svidd av". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  3. ^ Jøssing, Helge. "Dag Erik Pedersen kan ha vært dopet". NRK Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  4. ^ Slik svarer eks-syklistene på dopingspørsmål, vg.no, 1. October 2010 (in Norwegian)
  5. ^ Iversen, Magnus Skatvedt (4 June 2024). "Dag Erik Pedersen er død". NRK (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 4 June 2024.