How a cyclist who doped to ride an amateur event blew open the Russian drug scandal

What started as a documentary into cheating anti-doping rules in sport, turned into something else when film-maker Bryan Fogel helped uncover Russia's doping scandal

Icarus has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature

(Image credit: Netflix)

When filmmaker Bryan Fogel headed to the Haute Route sportive jacked up on steroids and human growth hormone, it was as a human guinea pig for a Morgan Spurlock-like immersive documentary on how athletes are able to cheat the testing labs.

Never mind that the Alpine event is only semi-competitive and anti-doping controls were really only a theoretical possibility, because this all ends up the mere introduction to the runaway plot of a far harder-hitting film, Icarus, released on Netflix on Friday (August 4).

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