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The Racer

by Blinder Films

Synopsis

Summer 1998. The opening stages of Le Tour de France are relocated to Ireland. Belgian rider Dom Chabol (late 30s) has been one of the best “Domestiques” (support riders) on the Tour for the last 20 years. It’s a sacrificial role – setting pace, blocking wind, and providing support to enable the team’s sprinter to victory – winning is not an option. But Dom secretly harbours a desire to wear the yellow jersey just once before his career is over.

At the start of what will likely be his last Tour, Dom is unceremoniously dropped from the Team he has dedicated his life to. His best mate Sonny, the team masseur, fails to reassure him about his future. But a chance liaison with Lynn, a young Irish doctor, softens the blow, and Dom starts to accept – and even enjoy – the idea of civilian life. But as he gears up to go home and to face his estranged sister, a massive doping error knocks another teammate off the Tour and Dom is thrown back in the saddle…

Reviews

An ingeniously intimate sports drama.

– Midwest Film Journal, Evan Dossey

The Racer is an affecting character study and a refreshingly low-key look at a topic that has repeatedly been sensationalized.

– Film Racket, Josh Bell

Credits

Louis Talpe
Dominique Chabol
Matteo Simoni
Lupo ‘Tartare’ Marino
Tara Lee
Dr. Lynn Brennan
Iain Glen
‘Sonny’ McElhone
Karel Roden
Viking
Director
Kieron J. Walsh


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An ingeniously intimate sports drama