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This in­cred­i­ble sports doc­u­men­tary starts out in moderately promis­ing fash­ion. It seems as if the film’s di­rec­tor, tal­ented ama­teur cy­clist Bryan Fo­gel, is con­tent to make a sports-dop­ing ver­sion of the fast-food doco Su­per Size Me. How­ever, Fo­gel’s self­ad­min­is­tered ex­per­i­ments with the in­stant ben­e­fits and last­ing af­ter-ef­fects of per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs are just the open­ing chap­ters of a grip­ping story with many twists and turns. By pure luck, Fo­gel en­lists the ser­vices of a gre­gar­i­ous Rus­sian doc­tor named Grig­ory Rod­chenkov as an ad­viser for his project. Lit­tle does Fo­gel know that Rod­chenkov is about to be­come one of the most no­to­ri­ous fig­ures in the his­tory of sys­tem­atic dop­ing. Re­mem­ber when Rus­sia got kicked out of the 2016 Olympics? Many reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties will tell you that was all be­cause of the cun­ning mis­deeds of Rod­chenkov. Amaz­ingly, he’s only too happy to share all his tricks of the trade while the cam­eras are rolling (and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin makes his dis­plea­sure known).

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