OVERCOMING is a film that provides a penetrating insight behind the scenes of the hermetically closed world of professional cycling. With former pro rider, Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis as our protagonist, the film follows him and his new Team CSC closely as they strive for the impossible: to become the best in the world and win the Tour de France 2004. The drama and excitement unfurls in a narrative thread that recalls "Kelly's Heroes": using the most unorthodox methods ever, the general (Riis) will forge a group of soldiers (the riders) from widely differing backgrounds into a single unit: a unit he will launch on an impossible mission. OVERCOMING is a frank, no-holds-barred portrait of a world few people can imagine: a world in which even the toughest go under as the team strive to realize their ambition. With the classical narrative form from the world of fiction as our pattern, the roles will step into character one by one: the heroes, the villains, the champions, the rivals, the victims. The CSC Team includes: Ivan Basso, Carlos Sastre, Michele Bartoli, Jens Voigt, Bobby Julich, Jacob Piil, and the team's medical advisor: Ole Kaare F li.