The Road UphillHD
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About the Film
Luxembourg. One of the world's smallest countries, a green and peaceful place bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. The birthplace of two brothers, Andy and Fränk Schleck, two of the world's best professional cyclists. Following Team Leopard Trek and the Schleck Brothers, this film focuses upon the team's participation in the prestigious 2011 Tour de France. It is an intimate cinematic portrait of two brothers and a team under pressure to live up to the expectations of their country. "The Road Uphill" documents the relationships, motivations and belief systems integral to Leopard Trek – core aspects of the team which are not usually exposed by television reportage. This documentary investigates the day-to-day life of a professional cycling team and the physical, mental and emotional thresholds that they need to surmount to win the greatest race on earth.
Rented from iTunes - looked like it was going to be great but was utterly disappointed to find out (after spending the money!) that there's no subtitles, rendering most of the interviews incomprehensible.
Waste of money. Cheers.
Good documentary, bit slow in places but this is the only cycling documentary I could find on iTunes so you take what you can get! If you aren't familiar with the team, they're a charming European bunch, Jensie is my favourite! It's interesting seeing what happens behind the scenes in the TDF as well as the rivalry/camaraderie between the riders.
Unlike the guy below I had no problems with subtitles, you gotta click on the speech bubble icon next to the play/pause button and it lets you select subtitles.
This was really entertaining and a great insight into pro racing at the TdF and the personality of Andy Schleck, who is clearly a nice guy and who maybe bottled it under pressure on a key downhill section which may have cost him the overall yellow jersey.