Interested journalists and cycling fans are already trying to figure out why they can’t download or purchase the new Schleck Brothers movie entitled The Road Uphill. The 90-minute documentary by director Jean Louis Schuller premiered in Luxembourg this Saturday.
The film chronicles the two brothers and their Leopard-Trek team during the build-up to the Tour de France and their ups and downs in the three week grand tour. However, as yet no copies have been made available for sale.
A undisclosed source close the the film project told Twisted Spoke that all 5,000 DVDs have been bought by RadioSack-Nissan Trek manager Johan Bruyneel and then destroyed. Apparently, the Belgium mastermind decided the film was about Andy Schleck taking second place and therefore he deemed it a second rate film. Bruyneel has been outspoken about his goal for Schleck in the coming 2012 Tour de France: “yellow in Paris.”
“Johan just though the film glorified the whole second place attitude and that has to go, “said DS Dirk Demol. “He wants Andy to start thinking about winning, not enjoying a film about second place. We need to focus on the future, not what happened to those Leopard guys.”
The director Jean Louis Schuller would neither confirm or deny the rumor. However, a production assistant confirmed that all copies of The Road Uphill are no longer at the warehouse facility awaiting distribution.
In recent weeks Bruyneel has has placed added pressure on Andy Schleck to toughen up and re-focus on winning the Tour. Team captain Chris Horner stated that Schleck must arrive in France in better form. Days later, teammate and tour vet Andreas Kloden also question the “brotherly love” approach to racing the tour and said he felt it was holding Andy back from victory.
Now, it seems, The Race Uphill has had a fast opening and a surprising end.. “It was a nice picture, I enjoyed it, really, it was first rate and very cinematic” said Demol. “But Andy must not look back at second, he must look forward to first.”
Of course, all this could just be a fabrication but as we like to say at Twisted Spoke, that’s bike racing