A trailer has gone live for possibly the most anticipated cycling film of 2015 – The Program, British director Stephen Frears’ treatment of the downfall of Lance Armstrong. It's the first time we’ve got to see actual footage and it seems well worth waiting for.
Starring Ben Foster as the cyclist who in 2012 was banned from sport for life and stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he won from 1999 to 2005, the movie is based on journalist David Walsh’s book, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.
Chris O’Dowd features as Walsh, who was among the first to raise suspicions over Armstrong’s use of performance enhancing drugs.
Going by the name Icon while in production, it seems the movie will now be called The Program in most markets when it is released this autumn.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.