Movie Review: Clean Spirit

‘Clean Spirit’ is a gripping documentary that follows the Argos-Shimano cycling team as they prepare and then race the 2013 Tour de France.

 

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The Argos-Shimano team is a professional team built on a foundation of solid sprinters with a commitment to racing clean.

 

This was the 100th Tour de France – and the year after Armstrong had been stripped of his titles. Not surprisingly, fan cynicism is at an all-time high, given that professional cyclists have been brazenly lying about blood doping for over ten years.

 

FILE - In this July 22, 2004, file photo, Lance Armstrong reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Bourd-d'Oisans and Le Grand Bornand, French Alps. In 2004, Armstrong was also named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)

Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France in 7 consecutive titles from 1999-2005. He was stripped of his titles and banned from all professional racing in 2012 after a lengthy blood doping scandal.

 

The movie is full of intimate interviews, candid footage and great questions – and gives us an insider look at what it is like to race professionally in today’s current climate.

 

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German sprinter Marcus Kittel features on the team as one of the world’s best and if you were a fan before this documentary, you’ll be a double-fan afterwards.

 

This is an outstanding film on what it’s like on the Tour de France today, so do yourself a favour and give this one a watch.

Available on Netflix and here’s the official trailer:

 

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