SLAYING THE BADGER - an ESPN feature documentary
March 2013: Reunited with the ’Bradley Wiggins: A Year In Yellow’ team, director John Dower and sound recordist Steve Hopkins, for the first shoot of another great cycling film. Produced by Passion Pictures and based on Richard Moore’s great book ’Slaying The Badger’, the film tells the story of 1986, arguably the greatest ever Tour de France when ’The Badger’, five times tour winner Bernard Hinault, controversially fought it out with his La Vie Claire team mate Greg Le Mond. The young American had ridden for Hinault’s fifth Tour win in 1985, on the understanding that Hinault would return the favour in ‘86. Not so: he started attacking Le Mond in the mountains and didn’t let up all the way to Paris. Aside from telling a riveting story the film also takes us into the modern day. The film will remind Americans that they do have a great, clean hero in cycling: Greg Le Mond - 3x Tour De France winner, 2x World Champion, not to mention a host of other victories, and all at a time when outsiders were pioneers and largely unsupported in Europe.
We shot in Minnesota and Santa Barbara and will be returning later in the Summer after various trips to Europe.