Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney masterfully explores the fall of the disgraced cycling champion following the 2009 Tour de France, making use of his extraordinary access to attain rare interviews.
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Gibney takes us on another wild ride this time to the heart of doping in the world of biking. Sometimes shocking sometimes predictable, we follow along to pick apart the hero, the sport, and our insatiable appetite for high performance that facilitates all of it.
Gibney attempts to scratch deeper into the Armstrong legacy/myth/disgrace but fails to achieve that goal. The self mythologizing that Armstrong is a master of, even in his deflated legacy, still lays waste to criticism. The demonization of Armstrong in this context seems almost extreme when what he is guilty of pretty much is common practise despite its illegality. How history will remember him is still a question.
"Is there a light up ahead? I can't hold on very long. Forgive me pretty baby but i always take the long way home"
A ruthless competitive streak. The desire to beat the man next to you and not necessarily to be a victor. Gibney asks all the questions and Armstrong refuses to give you a rosebud.