NEWS — 18 July 2014

ROUGH RIDER

By staff reporter

A NEW Irish documentary produced with support from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board follows contentious journalist and cycling whistleblower, Paul Kimmage.

During the documentary film which will be broadcast on RTE One, July 28 at 9.30pm, Kimmage searches for answers to difficult questions about doping in the world of professional cycling.

Directed by Adrian McCarthy and filmed over two years, Rough Rider brings audiences into the world of professional cycling.

Told against the backdrop of the fall of Lance Armstrong and the 2013 Tour de France, the film follows former professional cyclist turned journalist, author and anti-doping advocate Paul Kimmage on a journey of loss and redemption.

In the mid 1980s, Paul Kimmage was part of Ireland’s golden age of cycling, riding alongside World Number One, Sean Kelly and Tour de France winner Stephen Roche.

But, after his third Tour de France in 1989 he walked away, disillusioned with the sport he had loved. Within twelve months, he became a journalist and wrote his first book ‘Rough Ride’, spilling the beans about doping.

 

 

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