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.



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.



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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