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Trailer for imminent ‘Rough Rider’ Paul Kimmage film on cycling, doping & the 100th Tour de France

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

 

 

Here’s the trailer for the new film telling the story of Paul Kimmage’s love affair with cycling and his battle to expose doping in the sport and those he holds responsible.

The project is very nearly complete and should be on a screen near you very soon.

The fly-on-the-wall style production has followed Kimmage for over a year, including on this year’s Tour de France in July for the 100th running of the race.

The cameras have also been there as Pat McQuaid and the UCI announced it was suing him only to later cease that action. And the producers have also followed the journalist through the downfall of Lance Armstrong and the period when McQuaid ran for the UCI presidency and lost the office.

Dublin-based Wildfire Films describes the project as follows: “Told against the backdrop of the centenary Tour, and through the eyes of one of the most aggravated whistleblowers in sports journalism, we are going on a journey that could prove to be one of the most contentious sports films of our time.”

The film is almost complete, with broadcast and screening details to be confirmed.

It will undoubtedly be a major hit with many cyclists, cycling fans and even those with only a passing interest in the sport.

 

Further promotional material released by Wildfire Films & Ergo Films reads:

Within the media scrum sits one of the world’s most cantankerous sports journalists. Paul Kimmage has spent the last 22 years fighting to rid his most beautiful sport of doping. The former professional cyclist is detested by many in the sport, led by Lance Armstrong, fellow journalists and heads of the world cycling governing body.

Throughout the twentyone days of the most gruelling road race, we travel with journalist Paul Kimmage in his caravan, giving us an extraordinary insight into the fascinating, beautiful and often shocking world of professional cycling. At its heart this is a story of treachery and one man’s unrequited love for his sport.

Right now, there is no sport with a bigger credibility fight on its hands than cycling, and no event where genuine romance coexists so uncomfortably with hideous reality than the Tour de France. Told against the backdrop of the centenary Tour, and through the eyes of one of the most aggravated whistleblowers in sports journalism, we are going on a journey that could prove to be one of the most contentious sports films of our time.

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