For devo­tees, the Tour de France is no less than a reli­gion. The racing cyclists are the cele­brants and the jour­nal­ists the precen­tors’, says the archivist of the French news­paper L’Equipe. Director Erik van Empel started a search for the time when the event mainly took place in the imag­i­na­tion, via oral tradi­tion. He has to go back to the year 1948, the year before tele­vi­sion was intro­duced. Making use of archive footage, inter­views with the heroes of yester­year and images of the modern Tour, Van Empel partic­u­larly revives the hell of the thir­teenth stage of the 1948 Tour. When riding the same route in the evening twilight, the exhausted numb cyclists are riding along. Briek Schotte, better known as IJzeren Briek and finishing second in 1948, remem­bers it as if it happened yesterday: Bartali finished Bobet, liter­ally finished him with his breakaways.’


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TV company
Distributor NL
A-Film Distribution

Title: Tour des Légendes
Year: 2003
Duration : 1 hour, 8 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2003

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Sound Design (2003)
Michel Schöpping

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