The series is set to premiere on June 8, coinciding with this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné, the key event leading up to the Tour. The one-minute video offers glimpses inside team cars and buses, on-bike footage, and interviews with team managers.
“This project is part of our overall ambition to make our sport more accessible and meet an even wider audience,” ASO managing director Yann Le Moënner said when he confirmed the Netflix series during the winter.
“Through a narrative approach, which is additive to the competition itself, the public will be able to discover how the Tour de France represents the ultimate challenge for the competitors; in particular in terms of suffering, pushing their limits and team spirit.”
Netflix reportedly covered the €8 million production costs and paid a total of €1 million to the parties involved, with each team receiving about €62,000. The streaming platform is also working on a documentary about British road champion Mark Cavendish, who shares the record for the most stage wins at the Tour de France with Eddy Merckx at 34.