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New cycling feature film The Domestique set to go into production next year

Movie directed by man behind Skoda TDF ad tells story of rider putting his doping past behind him

In a case of art imitating life, in this of all weeks comes news of a feature film due to enter production next year called The Domestique that explores the bridge between a generation of riders reliant on doping to what is hoped to be a cleaner one entering the sport now.

Billed as a “story of a struggling pro cyclist on a quest to find personal and professional redemption,” the film follows long-time domestique Vince Carter as he looks to restore his relationship with his ex-wife and son, and put his doping past behind him to complete his dream of finishing the Tour de France.

German director Marc Schoelermann has been recruited to take the helm of the project, building on his track record of making big-budget TV ads as well as the 2008 crime thriller, Pathology.

He’s no stranger to directing cycling action either – he was the man behind Skoda’s Tortour ad (below), which gives grounds for hope that the film will present a more authentic depiction of the sport than the wheels* in the project poster suggest.

Mind you, the film, said to be “a sports drama realistic enough to satisfy die-hard cycling fans, but with the broad appeal to engage a wider audience who are not familiar with the intricacies of pro cycling,” also promises commentary from Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen… 

* tech editor Mat has identified them as Spinergy Rev-X wheels, currently banned by the UCI.

Simon joined 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.

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