Dag Erik Pedersen
Dag Erik Pedersen, 1977, two-time Norwegian junior champion in the individual and in the team time trial. The following year he won the Scandinavian Junior Championships in the team time trial, together with Geir Digerud, Morten Sæther and Jostein Wilmann. In 1979 he was each second overall stage race of the Berlin and 1980, the Rheinland-Pfalz - tour. In 1981 he won the Grand Prix Guillaume Tell. In the same year he tested positive at Milk Race on ephedrine and locked for a month. He himself explains this later by taking a cold medication.
1982 Dag Erik Pedersen turned pro. As such, he won the 1982 Giro del Lazio and 1983 tour of Scandinavia. Three times - 1984, 1989 and 1991 - he won the Tour of Norway. At the Giro d' Italia, he decided three stages for itself. 1992, in his final year as a cyclist, he became Norwegian champion in the road race and in the team time trial, together with Stig Kristiansen and Trond Kristian Karlsen.
Career as a presenter and journalist
Two years after his cycling career Pedersen began working as a journalist, first for a commercial channel. After two years he moved to the state broadcasting company NRK. He was host of a news program and very popular in his home country in 1999. Later, he made a series of portraits for television by prominent people such as Paul McCartney, Andrea Bocelli, Bob Dylan and the Norwegian royal couple. In 2005 he produced the film Deadline Torp, the most recent television success in Norway. 2002, 2004 and 2005, he was Norway's News Man of the Year.
Pedersen in 2008