Summer 1998 - the opening stages of Le Tour de France are relocated to Ireland. Belgian rider Dom Chabol (late 30s) has been one of the best "Domestiques" (support riders) on the Tour for the last 20 years. It's a sacrificial role - setting pace, blocking wind, and providing support to enable the team's sprinter to victory - winning is not an option. But Dom secretly harbours a desire to wear the yellow jersey - just once before his career is over. At the start of what will likely be his last Tour, Dom is unceremoniously dropped from the Team he has dedicated his life to. His best mate Sonny, the team masseur, fails to reassure him about his future. But a chance liaison with Lynn, a young Irish doctor, softens the blow, and Dom starts to accept - and even enjoy - the idea of civilian life. But as he gears up to go home and to face his estranged sister, a massive doping error knocks another teammate off the Tour and Dom is thrown back in the saddle.Written by
Kieron J. Walsh
The scene where the peloton crashes and all cyclists fall down on the last day of the Irish leg of the Tour de France was a real accident, it had not been rehearsed. It happened during shooting in Ireland, the actor playing Stefano Drago (Timo Wagner) stayed in the hospital 24 hours, before getting back on the scene with real scars. See more »
Just appallingly woeful
Thought I would give this a watch but it is truly awful. If you think this is what the Tour de France looks like and how a professional cyclist would conduct himself, then you will be having the wool pulled over your eyes.
The action scenes are truly laughable and I am sure of more than one occasion, the director of the film had the Irish flag the wrong way round. What cyclist goes to the pub on the evening of the race start lol
Even though stand the cheat that is Lance Armstrong,The Program is a far superior cycling film.
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