Three views of the biggest race of the year

After this year’s 100th edition, and with the Tour de France Grand Départ coming to Yorkshire in 2014, it’s only fitting that the 2014 Hammersmith Cyclists Film Show should celebrate all things Tour.

The programme fills the afternoon of Sunday January 26 at the Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith and features three views of the Tour.

First up is a selection of extracts from 2007’s De Tour: The Movie in which Dan Jones takes a crew from Australia to follow the Australian riders as they chase the yellow jersey. Cadel Evans stood on the podium that year, but Australian fans would have to wait until 2011 for him to take the overall victory.

That’s followed by Notebook from the Tour de France 2009, Ray Pascoe’s insider’s view of the race that saw Alberto Contador best Andy Schleck and demonstrate his superiority over team-mate Lance Armstrong in the American’s comeback Tour.  Ray takes a fan’s view behind the scenes using just one small mini DV camcorder.

Finally, 2004’s Hell on Wheels follows the Telekom team through their ill-fated 2003 Tour. With previous team leader Jan Ullrich riding for the Coast squad, Telekom’s focus was on sprinter Erik Zabel. It didn’t quite go according to plan, as Pepe Danquart film tells using several crews and footage from helicopters and Tour vehicles as well as intimate access in the team bus and hotels.

The show starts at 13:30 and finishes at 17:45.

More information and booking at Riverside Studios and on 020 8237 1111. Booking is strongly recommended.

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

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