The Program

Synopsis: An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
 
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2015
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(wind blowing)

(man breathing heavily)

(Lance) It's the hardest

sporting event in the world.

One hundred and eighty riders,

20 stages,

and only one gets to wear

the Yellow Jersey.

This is the dream.

(trumpet fanfare)

To be on the team. To compete

with the best of the best in the world.

Now, when I'm out there physically,

I'm not more gifted than anybody else.

It's just this... desire...

this hunger.

My mam didn't raise a quitter

and I would never quit.

And that's heart, man,

that's not physical.

(race commentary)

It's not legs.

It's not lungs. That's heart.

That's soul.

That's just guts.

(commentator) That was

a disaster on the line there.

(commentator) The most incredible

sporting event in the world

at any time.

Oh! Now you just gotta want

my autograph.

(laughs) Maybe I do.

So, it's your first Tour.

You're 21 years old.

You're the youngest rider in the race.

- What are you hoping to accomplish?

- I wanna finish.

A stage win or two.

That would be awesome.

(grunts)

A lot of the riders,

they describe the Tour as a journey,

an odyssey into pain

and suffering and endurance,

an almost religious experience.

Eventually you arrive at a point

of enhanced self-awareness.

And I was wondering,

do you think about that?

Well, I just love to ride my bike.

(laughs) Aw, shoot.

- Oh, no, really?

- Oh, yeah.

- I was...

- We had a bet.

- I was joking.

- I beat you fair and square.

- Shave the beard.

- Absolutely not.

I had my interview with Armstrong today.

Interesting guy.

I mean, not lacking in confidence.

But it was good. I liked him.

- Is he a contender, you reckon?

- No.

Really good day racer, though.

Really good. Strong legs.

He's built for a one-day event,

not a three-week tour.

Hey, you're the American.

Lance, right?

You're supposed to be good. You

won all those races in America, right?

Big shot, yeah. (Chuckles)

But you don't win here.

No'? (Chuckles)

See that guy over there?

That guy. And probably that guy.

They've got more red cells

in their blood, more oxygen.

You can't win.

(man) Trois, deux, un!

(airhorn blares)

(cheering)

Go, f***ing go!

(Lance) Go, go, go!

(crowd shouts encouragement)

(breathes heavily)

So what you wanna do?

I'm not doping.

Lance, it's a big step to take.

I know, but first, second, third place,

same team, that's not normal.

(reporter) The top three places

for one team

is a remarkable achievement

in this race.

How would you characterize

your contribution to the success

- of the team today?

- As a doctor,

I believe I bring an expertise

in physical conditioning.

Do your riders use Epo?

If a rider does use Epo,

doesn't scandalize me.

One can buy Epo in Switzerland,

for example, without a prescription.

But Epo is dangerous.

Epo is not dangerous.

It's abuse that is.

- Dr Ferrari?

- Si.

I'm Lance...

- "Armstrong."

- I know who you are.

I wanna be like one of your guys.

I wanna be on

the program they're on.

Program?

You know what I'm talking about.

You just tell me what to do, I'll do it.

I'll work hard.

Come in.

(Ferrari) Remove your shirt, please.

Your shirt, remove.

- What?

- Your ratio is all wrong.

- My ratio?

- Power to weight.

Lots of power, but too much of this.

- What are you talking about?

- Your shape, Lance.

Is not best for the mountains.

You can be a good racer, but never

a great one. I'm sorry. You know it.

Scusi. I got some work to do.

(music plays on car stereo)

(they laugh)

(Tony) Come on, boys.

Un moment, s'il vous plait.

(they talk quietly)

- What are you doing?

- It's under control.

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John Hodge

John Hodge is a British screenwriter and dramatist, most noted for his adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting into the script for the film of the same title. His first play Collaborators won the 2012 Olivier Award for Best New Play. more…

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