- The world’s most famous cycling race is scheduled for a Netflix debut.
- As the Tour de France returns to normality after the pandemic, Netflix and France Télévisions will be collaborating on a new series.
- The Netflix Tour de France series will consist of eight episodes. But one of the best teams, won’t feature.
Few events have transformed sports broadcasting, like the Tour de France.
Cycling’s greatest race, and arguably one of France’s best
tourism marketing tools, delivers enormous value in live television coverage. But
what about the backstory of those teams and riders who are in the peloton?
Keen on replicating the success of F1’s Drive to Survive series, the Tour de France will be allowing Quad and Box to Box Films, access to eight elite teams.
The concept is to take audiences deep into the often secretive world of professional cycling and strategy. While also detailing the human sacrifice that elite riders and support staff make, preparing and racing the Tour de France.
Documentary crews will follow teams in their build-up and participation in the 2022 Tour de France. Footage will be edited into eight 45-minute episodes.
Many star riders - but no superstar?
Box to Box Films are the producers of Drive to Survive and expectations for the Tour de France Netflix series will be high. But there is a notable omission in its roster of featured teams.
Producers have confirmed that AG2R Citroën Team, Alpecin-Fenix (ProTour), Bora-Hansgrohe, EF Education-EasyPost, Groupama-FDJ, Ineos Grenadiers, Jumbo-Visma, and Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl will star in the series.
The issue is that the world’s most dominant road rider, Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates, won’t be part of the series.
Despite early misgivings, the Drive to Survive series has been immensely successful in broadening viewership for F1’s audience. And the Tour de France organisers will be hoping for much the same when its series becomes available in 2023.