The Last Kilometer

The Last Kilometer is a documentary film featuring Davide Rebellin and Ignazio Moser, two riders with over 20 years of age in between. It also includes press room legend Gianni Mura, sometimes known as one of the few journalists to still use a typewriter but hopefully better know for his great prose and knowledge.

I know this has been in production for some time but it’s now due for release on DVD and here’s the trailer. There’s also Didi “The Devil” Senft as well as Cadel Evans plus plenty of race footage.

We might get plenty of TV footage from HDTV of the Tour de France all the way to pirate video feeds as well as some content provided by teams like Orica-Greenedge’s amusing “Backstage Pass.” But a film documentary promises a different take, if not a neutral view then the eye of an outside and a story that sweeps across the season rather than the procession of a single race. An Italian film it is also titled L’Ultimo Chilometro.

  • Talking of films, you can watch a high quality video of the 1976 documentary “A Sunday in Hell” online at and the film available to watch for free until 25 November. There’s a version on youtube but this is legitimate and suitable for full-screen viewing

18 thoughts on “The Last Kilometer”

  1. Thanks for sharing! As a genuine sucker for this kind of stuff I’ve just ordered a copy. I can always fast-forward (and be thankful it’s not smell-o-vision) through the bits showing Didi the Devil, the screwball who inspired a generation of nitwits to dress up in costume and get in the way at the big races, just to get their few seconds of filmed immortality.

  2. Thannks for the heads-up.
    In the trailer, that cut from the Arenberg forest crash* to F. Moser swirling his white is the absolute highlight.

    *I hope the amateur who did that lucky shot gets royalties for it’s use.

  3. I’m having mixed feelings about this highlighting Rebellin. I hope they don’t shy away from addressing his doping past and that he speaks plainly about it.

    • The trailer mentions he was caught in the Olympics and it’ll be interesting to see how the topic is approached. He could be an interesting subject, Rebellin is one of the most religious members of the peloton and hesitated between turning pro and becoming a priest.

  4. “20 years of age between them” — Do you mean years of pro cycling?

    I only recently discovered this site and appreciate the substance of the posts and comments as well as the general civility of the comments

  5. Speaking of videos, does anyone know of a way to buy downloadable footage from prior year races? Youtube is ok….but finding consistent content is often a hassle.

    Btw…love this blog….thank you!

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