Found in: Cyclescreen
Slaying The Badger + Short - Davis and Connie

Slaying The Badger

classified 12A

Cyclescreen: Bristol Bike Film Festival


Please note: This was screened in Aug 2015

John Dower
77 mins, 2014, USA

French cycling legend Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond, who is now the first and only American to win the Tour de France, are the subjects of this engrossing documentary looking back at the pivotal 1986 Tour de France and the vicious rivalry between these former friends and teammates.

In the 1980's, years before the emergence of Lance Armstrong, American Greg LeMond was recruited as a teenager to the French Renault cycling team where he developed a close friendship with experienced and dominating French rider Bernard "The Badger" Hinault. They traveled the world together raising to the pinnacle of their sport but their camaraderie was soon to turn to enmity. In an individual sport practiced by teams, LeMond was forced to play the role of loyal lieutenant to the ‘patron’ Hinault in 1985 edition of the Tour de France supporting his teammate to victory despite being the more capable rider that summer. And when Hinault promised to repay him the following year by supporting LeMond's own push to be champion, his brazen retraction of that promise still astonishes LeMond nearly thirty years on.

Director John Dower (Bradley Wiggins: A Year in Yellow) returns to the colourful world of the Tour de France to revisit this epic rivalry, speaking to all the major players, where emotions still run high, and dissects the fascinating complexities of professional road cycling as he looks back at one of the most controversial races in Tour de France history.

Screening with short film Davis and Connie (Dir: Ben Ingham, 2014, UK 15mins)

Two of America’s finest and most inspiring road racers Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney are the subject of this film which documents their journey to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and deals with Davis’s subsequent experiences of living with Parkinson’s disease.

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