For British cycling fans, Garmin-Slipstream’s 2009 Tour de France campaign was memorable for the emergence of Bradley Wiggins as a genuine grand classification contender, as well as David Millar’s stirring, if ultimately doomed, breakaway on the stage into Barcelona.
And as it happens, award-winning director and self-confessed “crazy cycling fan” Nigel Dick was there to capture it all on film. The result is Tour de France: Day by Day, which is due to be released early next year, and the trailer is now available to help whet your appetite.
Dick, who states on his website that his ambition is “to ride l'Alpe d'Huez without getting off the bike,” is perhaps best known for his music videos – his credits include Wonderwall by Oasis, Guns ‘N’ Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine and Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time, among many others.
More recently, however, he has sought to combine his talents as a director with his love of cycling. His short film, A Millar’s Tale, charting the darker side of cycling through David Millar’s two-year suspension for using EPO, was an entry at the New York Bicycle Film Festival in 2008.
The same year, he followed the then Garmin-Chipotle team on their debut Tour de France for a documentary called Blood, Sweat and Gears that aired on the Sundance Channel in June this year.
The website for Tour de France Day by Day also has still pictures of the film’s production, as well as ten short films that will form part of the finished documentary, covering some of the key moments in the Tour – we’ve flagged up some of them below.
David Millar reflects on his breakaway ride into Barcelona
Garmin-Slipstream riders discuss Stage 10 radio ban
The team celebrates the Tour’s end on the Champs-Elysées
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.