The Greatest Show on Earth is a documentary released in the 70’s about the Giro d’Italia event. The film is considered on of the essential road racing films and documents the dramatic and captivating 1974 Tour of Italy.
The 57th edition was one of the most exciting and closely fought Grand Tours of that decade, when Eddy Merckx had to first depose José Manuel Fuente to claim the pink leader’s jersey, then duel with the young Italian, Gianbattista Baronchelli, on the final, dramatic mountain stage.
It remains one of the great scenes in cycling cinema, the backdrop to the stage provided by the towering spires of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, with the tifosi screaming at the roadside as Merckx, Gimondi, Fuente and Baronchelli battle to the summit.
The Greatest show on Earth truly captures the chaos and fanaticism of cycle racing in Italy and is a go to film if you are looking for an interesting film on cycling life in other cultures! IF you have some tiem sit down and look up the film for great insight into the world of Italian racing!