Slaying The Badger

FILM SUMMARY:

Before Lance Armstrong, there was Greg LeMond, who is now the first and only American to win the Tour de France. In this engrossing documentary, LeMond looks back at the pivotal 1986 Tour and his increasingly vicious rivalry with friend, teammate and mentor Bernard Hinault. The reigning Tour champion and brutal competitor known as “The Badger,” Hinault “promised” to help LeMond to his first victory, in return for LeMond supporting him in the previous year. But in a sport that purports to reward teamwork, it’s really every man for himself. – ESPN FILMS “30 for 30”

DIRECTOR:
John Dower — IMDb

PREMIERE:
April 20, 2014 (Tribeca Films Festival)
July 22, 2014 (ESPN)

REVIEWS:
[Slaying the Badger] is a great way to lose yourself in an American sports triumph that is largely unknown by most.” —AWFUL ANNOUNCING

Slaying The Badger does much to accentuate and massage their quarrels into something deserving of 90 minutes of screen time.” — THE A.V. CLUB