Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 6, 2016

In Saturday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes win at Dwars door het Hageland; McCabe continues young rider wins at Utah; Haas wins Burgos, stage 4; Ezquerra solos to win in strange Portugal stage; Henderson leaving Lotto-Soudal but is committed to extending career; Frank Schleck announces pending retirement; Sep Vanmarcke inks contract with Cannondale-Drapac, boosts team’s Classics potential; Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains; Meet the only female mechanic on the Pro Road Tour; Jess Varnish on decision to speak-up about British Cycling issues; Meet Laos’ entry in the Olympic road race; Cyclist saves man from jumping off bridge; Woman assaulted for cycling too slow; Rwandan cycling team movie in the works; 2016 Japan Cup preview; Team GB on the Rio road race; Stybar films wet conditions inside the athlete village

Rwandan cycling team movie in the works

by CyclingTips

The writer of the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech” has reportedly drafted a narrative version of the true story of the national cycling team of Rwanda and the fallen American cyclist Jonathan ‘Jock’ Boyer.

J.P Van Zyl congratulating one of his riders after a stage during Tour of Rwanda 2012.

J.P Van Zyl congratulating one of his riders after a stage during Tour of Rwanda 2012.

The story was initially told in a documentary film called “Rising From the Ashes.” The director of the documentary, T.C. Johnstone, is slated to direct the feature. As well, Boyer and team members are working with the feature film’s creative team.

The story involves former pro cyclist Boyer who was tapped to build a competitive team from survivors from both sides of the Rwandan genocide. Boyer was the first American to race the Tour de France and was inducted in the US Cycling Hall of Fame. In 2002 he plead guilty to 10 felony counts of child molestation and served one year in jail of a 20-year suspended sentence.

He found redemption in Rwanda, helping young cyclists from a war-torn country form a team and proceed to develop the first all-African cycling team and eventually qualify a rider for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

While the above-the-line production team has several names attached, no actors have been named so far.

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