Last week, Movistar released the much awaited third season of the Netflix series ‘The Least Expected Day’.
The series is an insightful documentary that travels behind the scenes to life at Camp Movistar on Grand Tours over the past three years. Viewers get access to all areas to be a fly on the wall in controversies over tactics, arguing over who the team captain is at the Giro d’Italia and to see the riders at their lowest point after exiting the main races.
In the latest series, the highlight was undoubtedly an inside look at the feud between Miguel Angel Lopez and team management in the 2021 Vuelta a España that ultimately led to “Superman” climbing off the bike and refusing to continue.
If you enjoyed watching the latest installment of “The Least Expected Day,” here are eight of the best cycling-related movies and documentaries available to watch online.
Some are available for free while others require a small fee. Depending on where in the world you are, you may have more or less choice on any of these streaming platforms; This was written from what we can get in the UK.
kill the villain
Available to stream on Disney Plus, “Slaying the Badger” is a documentary that takes a look back at the pivotal 1986 Tour of France and is based on the book by the late Richard Moore.
Now that Lance Armstrong has been scratched hard from the Tour de France records, Greg LeMond has become the first and only American rider to ever win the three-week race. In the film, LeMond reflects on his rivalry and friendship with his teammate, mentor, and five-time Tour de France champion Bernard Hinault.
Legend has it that Hinault agreed to help LeMond win his first Tour de France in exchange for the American agreeing to work with him for the previous year. The film quickly shows the dynamics of the La Vie Claire team during the 1986 race and what happened next on the road.
Currently available on Netflix, “Icarus” is the 2017 Academy Award winning American documentary.
The book chronicles writer Brian Fogel’s exploration of the mysterious world of doping in order to win an amateur bike race. While doing so, he inadvertently discovered a major international doping scandal.
Vogel enlists the help of a scientist named Grigory Rodchenkov, director of Russia’s National Anti-Doping Laboratory.
What he discovers next causes shock waves throughout the sports world and ultimately leads to Rodchenkov being kept in protective custody by US law enforcement.
Aboard a transcontinental race
Available on Netflix, this 2019 documentary deals with the grueling transcontinental race.
24 year old Fiona Kolbinger took first place making her the first woman to win the event. The film directed by Antonin Michoud Sort is an inside look at what it takes to ride the toughest cycling races.
Watching the movie makes you feel like you’re riding with competitors at 18 hours a day, through the most breathtaking scenery in Europe in the ultimate test of cycling endurance.
This two-part documentary chronicling Lance Armstrong’s downfall of grace is currently available for viewing on BBC iPlayer.
Based on in-depth interviews and conversations with Texans, the two 90-minute films tell the full story of his rise in the United States as a high-profile cyclist, as well as his battle with testicular cancer and recovery.
The film then continues his rise to cycling stardom which brought his yellow seven-a-row jersey from the Tour de France, before that dramatic interview with TV host Oprah Winfrey in which Armstrong admitted to doping throughout his career.
Currently available to stream for free on Amazon Prime, The Racer is the fictional story of a professional cyclist named Felix who dreams of becoming a world champion.
Once the protagonist joins a team in Italy, he is dragged into the murky waters of corruption and performance-enhancing drugs.
How far would Felix want to go to fulfill his rainbow dream?
break the cycle
“Breaking the Cycle” is the story of former mountaineer Anton Balzer’s journey to become a professional cyclist.
Palzer is currently riding for Bora-Hansgrohe and the German rider was recently awarded a new contract by his team for next season. The film on Amazon Prime sees Balzer, his coaches, and team manager Ralph Dink talking during the 29-year-old’s journey and first steps into professional racing at the 2021 Alpine Tour and Tour de Suisse.
Currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and on the Red Bull website (Opens in a new tab).
The Belle Trilogy / Belle RENDEZVOUS
Currently available on Amazon Prime, “Belleville Rendezvous” should be at the forefront of anyone’s must-watch movies about cycling. An absolute classic, beautifully depicting the passion for cycling through the eyes of the descendants of one of the protagonists.
Although there is a twist.
Madame Sousa instills a love of cycling in her young grandson who eventually becomes a road racer who dreams of lining up in the Tour de France. However, when he finally made it to the French Grand Tour, he lost.
Next, Madame Sousa and her loyal pet dog are left on a daunting task to find out what happened to her little old bicyclist.
The “Program” is regularly shown on various streaming platforms including BBC iPlayer. It’s currently available for rent on Amazon Prime.
Based on the book “The Seven Deadly Sins: My Hunt for Lance Armstrong” by award-winning journalist David Walsh, the film depicts the author’s efforts to expose the wrongdoing of Texans as a drug cheat.
Chris O’Dowd plays Walsh in the motion picture, which also includes Dustin Hoffman and Jesse Plemons.
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