A film detailing the 2013 Tour de France through the eyes of the Giant Shimano team (then Argos Shimano) premieres to UK audiences on December 9 at the Barbican.
The film follows the team during the 100th edition of the Tour de France. Knowing that they cannot beat their opponents in the mountains, they have specialized in the sprint. We see the young team inside their hotel rooms, at breakfast and at team meetings. We hear German sprint talent Marcel Kittel promising his teammates a Rolex if they let him win the first stage.
"The project started in 2010 and we had talks with the riders and the team but they didn't get a wildcard for the race that year. We put the plans on ice but then after the doping stories of Lance Armstrong and US Postal we came back to the idea because we were interested in the team's idea of doing it all clean. We talked again and the team agreed," director Dirk Jan Roeleven told Cyclingnews.
"The film was about a group of young riders going into the 2013 Tour de France and trying to win their first stage. It's about trying to do it and to do it clean. It was a special race for them and we were there on the inside."
The team went on to win four stages through Kittel with the German also donning the first yellow jersey of the race in Corsica.
"It was an unbelievable race for them, and they won four stages of the race but along the way you see all the struggles they have along the way.
"From what I've heard so back from the feedback is that viewers enjoy how close you are to the team. We go into the team bus and behind the scenes when all the other camera crews stop filming."
To find out more about the film screening, click here.