The Racer

The Racer – Main movie still


Summer 1998 – the opening stages of Le Tour de France are relocated to Ireland. Belgian rider Dom Chabol has been one of the best “Domestiques” (support riders) on the Tour for the last 20 years. It’s a sacrificial role – setting pace, blocking wind, and providing support to enable the team’s sprinter to victory – winning is not an option. But Dom secretly harbours a desire to wear the yellow jersey- just once before his career is over.

At the start of what will likely be his last Tour, Dom is unceremoniously dropped from the Team he has dedicated his life to. His best mate, Sonny, the team masseur, fails to reassure him about his future. But a chance liaison with Lynn, a young Irish doctor, softens the blow, and Dom starts to accept – and even enjoy – the idea of civilian life. But as he gears up to go home and to face his estranged sister, a massive doping error knocks another teammate off the Tour and Dom is thrown back into the saddle…


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Talpe’s captivating performance … keeps the pedals turning

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Production Overview

THE RACER was initially concieved as a script for a short film by by debut writer, and documentary maker Ciaran Cassidy. The Racer was in development for 10 years before becoming an Irish / Luxembourgish / Belgian co-production. Filming took place in Luxembourg and Ireland in May 2019, with post production taking place between Belgium and Luxembourg.


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