The Racer

Summer 1998 – the opening stages of Le Tour de France are relocated to Ireland. Belgian rider Dom Chabol (late 30s) 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 in the saddle…

A Blinder Films, Calach Films, Caviar Co-Production, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland presents with the support of Film Fund Luxembourgh, Eurimages and Screen Flanders in association with Inevitable Pictures, RTÉ, Caviar Film Financing, BAI Sound & Vision Fund and Kinepolis Film Distribution

Directed by Kieron J. Walsh

Written by Ciaran Cassidy

Additional Writing by Sean Cook

Producers: Katie Holly, Yvonne Donohoe

Co-Producers: Jesus Gonzalez-Elvira, Robin Kerremans, Dimitri Verbeeck

Executive Producers: Lesley McKimm, Cora Palfrey, Sarah Lebutsch, Kieron J. Walsh

Starring: Louis Talpe, Matteo Simoni, Tara Lee, with Karel Roden and Iain Glen

Director of Photography: James Mather

Editor: Mathieu Depuydt, Nico Poedts

Production Designer: Ray Ball

Costume Designer: Uli Simon

International Sales by Independent Film Sales

Distributors: Wildcard Distribution (Ireland), Vertigo (UK)

Festivals: SXSW Film Festival, Cork International Film Festival, British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg, British Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival