A trailer has gone live for possibly the most anticipated cycling film of 2015 – The Program, British director Stephen Frears’ treatment of the downfall of Lance Armstrong. It's the first time we’ve got to see actual footage and it seems well worth waiting for.
Starring Ben Foster as the cyclist who in 2012 was banned from sport for life and stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he won from 1999 to 2005, the movie is based on journalist David Walsh’s book, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.
Chris O’Dowd features as Walsh, who was among the first to raise suspicions over Armstrong’s use of performance enhancing drugs.
Going by the name Icon while in production, it seems the movie will now be called The Program in most markets when it is released this autumn.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.