EN - An archive-based imaginary competition pits five legendary cycling heroes in an unprecedented race beyond the bounds of time, documenting the extraordinary evolution of competitive cycling over the last 40 years. Sport blends with human drama in a thrilling finale on the steep slopes of the greatest of all climbs. Who will become the King of Mont Ventoux?

NL - De Koning van de Mont Ventoux is een virtuele race tussen 5 winnaars van een rit met aankomst op de legendarische Mont Ventoux tijdens de Tour de France. Eddy Merckx won in 1970, Jean-François Bernard in 1987, Marco Pantani in 2000, Richard Virenque in 2002 en Juan Manuel Garate in 2009. Elke etappe vertrok destijds vanuit een andere plaats maar éénmaal ze aan de klim begonnen, volgden de vijf winnaars dezelfde route naar de top van de Ventoux. In deze virtuele koers ligt de start net voorbij het dorp Bédoin, op 21,1 km van de top: de officiële start van de klim. De virtuele klim is gebaseerd op het archiefmateriaal van de vijf rechtstreekse uitzendingen en respecteert de destijds gereden klimtijden. De mix van de vijf wedstrijden levert een nooit geziene wedstrijd op en de renner die als eerste de top bereikt, kroont zichzelf tot Koning van de Mont Ventoux.

FR - Une compétition imaginaire basée sur des archives oppose cinq légendes du cyclisme dans une course sans précédent qui retrace l’évolution des compétitions cyclistes depuis 40 ans.  Le sport se mélange aux drames sociaux dans une courses finales palpitantes sur les pentes abruptes de la plus grande des montées : qui deviendra le Roi du Mont Ventoux ?


Title The King of Mont Ventoux
Original title De Koning van de Mont Ventoux/Le Roi du Mont Ventoux
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre sport documentary
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-07-10


Cast Jean-François Bernard, Richard Virenque, Juan Manuel Garate, David Boifava
Photography Lou Berghmans
Editing Matyas Veress
Sound Martin Sadoux
Music Nits

Technical specs

Running time film 73' / 52'
Release format DCP
Other available formats HDcam, Blu-ray, DVD
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format stereo, 5.1
Colour Colour and black-white
Available in 2D



  • Canada: TéléQuebec
  • Poland: Canal+
  • World: AMP International

What’s up doc: 19 documentaries receive VAF support

The Flanders audiovisual Fund (VAF) has confirmed support for 19 documentary film projects. The list includes new projects by successful documentary filmmakers such as Klara Van Es, who can start working on Carnotstraat 17, and Manno Lanssens, who received script support for a new doc, Victims.

epilogueCarnotstraat 17 is produced by Associate Directors and directed by Klara van Es, who previously delivered quite a performance by scoring a cinema hit with her documentary Lost Down Memory LaneCarnotstraat 17 is up for development support. Serendipity Films-produced Victims will be director Lanssens’ third release, following the successful Epilogue and the yet-to-screen Begijnen Beginnen Vanbinnen (Beguines Begin From Within).

Published on Monday 5 March 2012

Flanders Four at Forum

An unprecedented total of four projects from Flanders are selected for this year’s IDFA Forum, IDFA's international co-financing market for documentaries and Europe's largest gathering of filmmakers, television commissioning editors, and independent documentary producers.

Still from Pieter-Jan De Pue's Land of the EnlightenedThe record-number of Forum projects is another sign of the re-found dynamism in the Flemish documentary sector. The four projects are: Fons Feyaerts’ The King of Mont Ventoux (prod: Associate Directors) is a thrilling virtual competition that puts five legendary cycling heroes in an unprecedented race beyond the boundaries of time, crossing the verge of sports.

Published on Saturday 12 November 2011

IDFA presents Flemish doc bonanza

A record-breaking haul of eleven documentaries and four docu projects from Flanders have been selected  for this year’s IDFA, the international Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (16-27 November). Works from Jeremy De Ryckere and Kristof Bilsen, who recently graduated from RITS and NFTS (UK) respectively,  are shown in the Student Documentary competition. The other entries feature in the Reflecting Images: Panorama, Paradocs section and IDFA pitching Forum.

Still from Jeremy De Ryckere's The HeirBoth Jeremy De Ryckere’s The Heir and Kristof Bilsen’s White Elephant compete for the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary, worth €2,500. The Heir tells the story of a father, Raf, and a son, Dominique, and their relationship to their passion: horse racing, a long family tradition. White Elephant is a documentary about the Central Post Office and its employees in Kinshasa, DR Congo. This grandiose relic of a colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen timewarp from which they are planning their escape. Last year the Award for Best Student Documentary went to the Flemish doc What’s in a Name by Eva Küpper.

Published on Thursday 27 October 2011

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Director Fons Feyaerts
Producers Bram Crols
Writers Fons Feyaerts

Associate Directors
Bram Crols
Helmstraat 139A
2140 Antwerp
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