Wonderful Losers: A Different World

For most of us, those cyclists riding at the back of the race are simply the also-rans. They are called water carriers, domestiques, gregarios, who sacrifice their careers and forego personal victories so their team leaders can win. What drives them on to keep putting their bodies on the line through excruciating pain and demoralising anonymity? Arunas Matelis followed these Sancho Panza’s of professional cycling for 7 years during the prestigious Giro d’Italia and reveals the unseen world of these wonderful losers of professional cycling from the point of view of the doctors’ team. Our bike heroes crash, rise — and race again.


Warsaw Film Festival -The Best Documentary Award
Minsk Listapad Film Festival Grand-Prix for the Best Documentary and Audience Award
The Best Lithuanian Film 2017 – Lithuanian Filmmakers Union Award
Trieste Film Festival – Audience Award for the Best Documentary Film in competition
Tallinn Black Nights (official selection Doc@POFF, not competition section)
Dublin International Film Festival – Competition
ZagrebDox International Film Festival – Competition
DocsBarcelona – Competition

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