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Lance Armstrong doc on iPlayer

September 21, 2020

Lance, a two-part documentary about one of sport’s most controversial figures, Lance Armstrong, is now available on the BBC iPlayer, and will be broadcast on BBC Two at a later date.

Acquired from ESPN, who earlier this year were responsible for Michael Jordan docu-series The Last Dance, the documentary covers Armstrong’s remarkable rise to the pinnacle of cycling and his rapid fall from grace.

The documentary from Emmy award-winning filmmaker Marina Zenovich features candid interviews with Armstrong, his family and former teammates about his battle with testicular cancer, Tour de France victories, which he was later stripped of, and dramatic downfall after being exposed in a widespread doping scandal. The film is set against the backdrop of competitive cycling and tracks the widespread corruption of the sport, caused by the pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs.

Controller of BBC iPlayer, Dan McGolpin, commented: “As the Tour de France comes to a close, BBC iPlayer is dropping this extraordinary documentary series about the race’s most famous competitor, with his own perspective and that of many others close to what really happened during the scandal that saw him stripped of his seven victories. Lance joins a first-class selection of gripping sports stories on BBC iPlayer with recent must-see additions including When We Were Kings, The Two Escobars and Afghan Cricket Club – Out of the Ashes.”

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