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Classic Cycling Films

Soigneur Tekst Soigneur Gepubliceerd 17 March 2020

So, you’re home and there aren’t any races to watch on television. It seems that there won’t be any racing for a long while yet.

See that as an opportunity to (re)watch a few classic cycling films. 

Here are a few of our favourites:

Le Velo de Ghislain Lambert

Small-time Belgian bike racer Ghislain Lambert will do anything to be like his hero Eddy Merckx…Without a doubt, Le Velo de Ghislain Lambert is the funniest cycling movie ever made.

A Sunday in Hell

Jørgen Leth’s A Sunday in Hell follows the 1976 Paris Roubaix from the perspectives of the racers and spectators. It remains the preeminent cycling documentary.

La Course en Tête

What did it take to be The Cannibal? Joël Santoni’s La Course en Tête paints a portrait of Eddy Merckx at the peak of his career. It is not a hagiography.

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

Marco Pantani was neither a hero or a villain. James Erskine’s 2014 documentary tells the tale of his tragic life.

Breaking Away

An American kid falls in love with Italian bike racing… Breaking Away is a sweet, funny coming-of-age story about broken dreams.