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The ultimate dash of “L’équipier”


Kieron J.Walsh takes us into the peloton of the 1998 Tour de France, with a rider on the finish of his profession.

L'Equipier (affiche)
L’Equipier (affiche)

“With no bike, I’m no one,” is aware of Dom Chabol (performed by Belgian actor Louis Talpe) who’s “The Racer” (launched June 29) in Kieron J. Walsh’s movie. Dom, 39 years outdated, is knowledgeable bicycle owner, an skilled rider however on the finish of his profession, not even chosen by the game director to take part within the 1998 Tour de France, which begins in Dublin, Eire. Lastly, he joined the 164-rider peloton on the final minute, figuring out that this was “the race of the final probability” for him.

As a result of the quantity 18 is barely a staff member, a “servant”, a water provider who has a way of sacrifice, whose job is to produce his chief, defend him from the wind, assist him win, calm his nocturnal anxieties, assault if needed, put together the end for the sprinter… however above all to not win, even when this “skilled loser” goals of it at evening. Because the race started, he discovered of the dying of his father, however there was no query of him leaving the Tour, of giving up earlier than the ultimate dash of his lengthy profession. Even when his bodily situation forces him to name on the providers of a younger physician of the Tour, a blonde and fairly physician (Tara Lee), who will certainly deal with him.

The practices of systematic doping

“L’équipier” takes place in the course of the first Irish phases of the Tour and recreates the environment of the Grand Boucle, each inside and out of doors the race. It takes us into the peloton, on the saddle of the riders whose efforts and ache we share. This fiction doesn’t immediately evoke the Festina scandal, which was to blow up later throughout this identical Tour 1998, resulting in the exclusion of Richard Virenque’s staff; however Kieron J. Walsh tells in a somewhat gloomy approach the practices of biking at the moment, a scientific doping. With a cigarette in his mouth and a beer in his hand, a guru coach (performed by Iain Glen, seen in “Sport of Thrones”) has a well-stocked medication cupboard.

Loaded with EPO and different substances, Dom Chabol has to rise up at evening to pedal, and produce his heartbeat again to a traditional rhythm. Within the lodge rooms, he meets his teammates for a self-infusion of their very own blood; and when a UCI management is introduced, they should drink rather a lot to eradicate, in a determined detox operation. For his first tour, a younger bicycle owner discovers the practices of his personal staff, the idealist preferring to remain clear than to win doped. However “the staff member” has lengthy since overcome this ethical difficulty, he is able to do something to regain his former legs, his pedal stroke, even when he has to promote his well being to the devils to do yet another Tour de piste.

Patrick TARDIT

“The Crewman”, a movie by Kieron J. Walsh with Louis Talpe (launched on June 29).

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