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by Kieron J. Walsh


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.

international title: The Racer
original title: The Racer
working title: The Domestique
country: Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium
sales agent: Independent Film Company
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Kieron J. Walsh
film run: 95'
release date: BE 9/09/2020, NL 22/10/2020, UK 18/12/2020, FR 22/06/2022
screenplay: Ciaran Cassidy, Kieron J. Walsh, Sean Cook
cast: Louis Talpe, Matteo Simoni, Tara Lee, Iain Glen, Karel Roden, Timo Wagner, Sarah Carroll, Diogo Cid, Ward Kerremans, Paul Robert
cinematography by: James Mather
film editing: Mathieu Depuydt, Nico Poedts
art director: Ray Ball
costumes designer: Uli Simon
music: Hannes De Maeyer
producer: Yvonne Donohoe, Katie Holly
co-producer: Jesus Gonzalez-Elvira, Robin Kerremans, Dimitri Verbeeck
executive producer: Sarah Lebutsch, Lesley Mckimm, Cora Palfrey, Kieron J. Walsh
line producer: Cathleen Dore
production: Keeper Pictures, Calach Films, Caviar Films
backing: Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann (Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann), Film Fund Luxembourg, Screen Flanders, Eurimages
distributor: Kinepolis Film Distribution, Vertigo Films, Dutch FilmWorks, Ascot Elite Home Entertainment GmbH, Epicentre Films

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