Procycling is proud to present the British premiere of the gripping new film, 'Overcoming', a unique and rare insight into the workings of Bjarne Riis's CSC team. You can be among the first to see 'Overcoming,' previewed exclusively in the procycling cinema, at the Cycle 2005 bike show at London's ExCel, this week, on October 14, 15 and 16.
Halfway through 'Overcoming' it appears that Bjarne Riis, monosyllabic former Tour de France champion and management guru of Team CSC, is about to crack up. While his riders crash to the tarmac around him and others struggle for form, Riis's expression grows even more pained. Standing bemused in a hotel room, he looks close to losing it, as one of his backroom staff implores him to smile, just a little, despite all the stress of being in contention for victory in the 2004 Tour.
Few other cycling films have captured so accurately the controlled chaos of professional bike racing, particularly on the grandest stage of all, the Tour. "This team's fate probably depends a lot on me," says Riis at one point. "But is it so terribly wrong that they become extras in my little show.?"
Director Tomas Gislason shot this unforgiving and unique footage during the 2004 season and climaxes his film with a dramatic diary of the 2004 Tour that showcases the battle for supremacy between CSC's emerging star, Ivan Basso, and the reigning 'King of the Tour,' Lance Armstrong.
It's the relationship between Riis and Basso that is at the centre. Watching the lithe Italian develop in confidence and stature as a team leader is a revelation and although he clearly feels in awe of Armstrong and his achievements, Basso emerges as the man most likely to win the Tour in the wake of the Texan's retirement. Jeremy Whittle.
'Overcoming' will be shown in the procycling cinema at the following times:
Friday 14th October 12.00 and 15.15
Saturday 15th October 12.00 and 15.15
Sunday 16th October 10.45 and 12.30