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Video: Trailer out for Stephen Frears' biopic charting disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's rise and fall

Ben Foster stars as Armstrong in movie The Program (aka Icon) based on David Walsh's book...

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.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Jonny_Trousers | 8 years ago
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Looks really cool. I'm cautiously excited

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GREGJONES | 8 years ago
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No cameo from Ulrich?

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backflipbedlem | 8 years ago
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What a mug!

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brackley88 | 8 years ago
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Kristian House is the riding double for George Hincapie....

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Simon_MacMichael | 8 years ago
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English language trailer now added to article.

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Iamnot Wiggins | 8 years ago
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This looks good & awful in equal terms.

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wrightyboy01 | 8 years ago
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Chris O'Dowd looks brilliant in this, and Jesse 'Landry' Plemons is a convincing Landis.

As a piece of cinema I can't wait to see it.

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Kadinkski | 8 years ago
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Would Lance get paid anything for this?

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zanf replied to Kadinkski | 8 years ago
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Kadinkski wrote:

Would Lance get paid anything for this?

If they are not using any material from him (the trailer looks like it could be sourced from various people), then no.

brackley88 wrote:

Kristian House is the riding double for George Hincapie....

Did he tape lots of pig intestines to his legs?

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whobiggs replied to zanf | 8 years ago
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Did he tape lots of pig intestines to his legs?

Well if a footballer has his brains in his shorts it would appear a cyclist has his in his legs!  4

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Gkam84 | 8 years ago
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Simon_MacMichael | 8 years ago
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Yeah as we say in the article the video is now private - we imagine someone on the German side was a bit too keen to get it up. We'd expect the English language version to go live very soon.

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SirCav | 8 years ago
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I keep being told I need to sign in - when I have...

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GREGJONES | 8 years ago
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i can't get it to play, it keeps telling me it's private!

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Sentral | 8 years ago
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Turns out road.cc is actually German...

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Simon_MacMichael replied to Sentral | 8 years ago
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Sentral wrote:

Turns out road.cc is actually German...

Just checked, and rad.cc is already taken ... by a firm of cycle couriers in Klagenfurt  4

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Fried replied to Simon_MacMichael | 8 years ago
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Klagenfurt is Austria.

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