the voice of cycling
Friday 28th May 2021
Some say he's the Murray Walker of cycling (could actually just be us but you can see where we're going with this!). When you hear his voice on the tele, you know what's being broadcasted. Phil Liggett has probably seen everything cycling has to offer and the cycling world now has a chance to find out the journey of the man is known as the 'voice of cycling' thanks to a documentary by Demand Film (released in UK cinemas on the 26th July).
Demand Film has announced the release of the thrilling and poignant documentary PHIL LIGGETT: THE VOICE OF CYCLING, about the cyclist-turned-iconic commentator, in UK cinemas from 18th June.
From the directors of the award-winning 2015 documentary Remembering The Man, and 2017’s Mamil (Middle-aged men in lycra), it’s a portrait of “a walking, talking part of broadcast history,” Phil Liggett MBE, the amateur cyclist who became the world-recognised voice of the Tour de France.
The film offers an insight into Liggett’s dedication to the sport, as well as his passion for wildlife conservation, tracing early ambitions to be a zoologist, before crashing his bike into an elephant led to a career on two wheels. He went to Fleet Street and then to television, where he has “witnessed every heroic triumph and harrowing tragedy” in the sport. This trajectory led him to cover Lance Armstrong’s spectacular rise and fall at close quarters, concluding in bruised revelations from the shamed superstar.
Released in perfect time for Father’s Day, and the start of the 108th Tour De France, PHIL LIGGETT: THE VOICE OF CYCLING is both fascinating and exciting - a must see, not just for cycling fanatics, but for fans of insightful and affecting documentaries like Senna and Icarus Rising.