THE LAST RIDER
Alex Holmes / United Kingdom / 2022 / 96 min / European Premiere
The incredible story of cyclist Greg LeMond, who returned from the brink of death with a bullet hole in his stomach to haunt the Tour de France. A thrilling epic about one of the greatest and most inspiring comebacks in sporting history.
In 1986, Greg LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France. The following year, he was hit by a bullet in a hunting accident. The injuries were life-threatening, but despite 35 hail bullets in his body, he fought his way back to the saddle to compete again. Now it’s 1989 and his main rival is Laurent Fignon. It’s American boy-next-door charm against French arrogance and ferocity. The race is the stuff of legend, it’s closer than ever, and the yellow jersey will be decided on the final stage’s time trial. In Alex Holmes’ gripping documentary, Greg LeMond tells his own story with the help of his loyal wife Kathy. They share a deeply personal journey through the ups and downs that come with fame and performance culture. ‘The Last Rider’ is a film for cycling nerds and anyone with an innate love for the unpredictable dramas of the sporting world. A two-wheeled thriller about a strong-willed American who confronted betrayal, sexual abuse and death itself to complete one of the most inspiring comebacks in sports history.