Tour de France: Unchained review - Tense and insightful must-see television

Netflix does it again with its behind-the-scenes Tour de France documentary, although Tadej Pogačar's absence is notable

The peloton at the Tour de France
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

It's a thrilling watch for both those who know cycling, and those who are new to the sport. It might prove too general for the committed fan, but there is something for everyone.

Reasons to buy
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    Exclusive access to the world's biggest bike race

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    Really well explained, easy to follow

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    Punchy episodes, does not go into too much detail

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    New perspective given

Reasons to avoid
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    There's no Tadej Pogačar and UAE Team Emirates

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    If you already know everything about the Tour, there's a lot of explaining that grates

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There are a lot of superlatives at the start of Tour de France: Unchained. The Tour de France is "the biggest bike race in the world", it's a "massive circus", it's the "toughest", "it’s an event that touches everyone".

It is easy to worry at this point that the new Netflix documentary has built up the bike race too much. Sure, it doesn't get much bigger than the Tour, but how do you represent this in a way which is not overblown, or makes the race seem ridiculous?

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