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 joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.