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Finish Line Bound - BREAKING AWAYLa Strada Bicycle - Italian racing bicycle owned by Dave Stohler (Shaun Cassidy) the main character in the sitcom BREAKING AWAY/ABC/1980-81. Set in the town of Bloomington, Indiana, the series follows the misadventures of four buddies who recently graduated from high school and are, each in their own way, trying to discover what path to travel in life.

Dave has become a bicycling enthusiast. He uses his $1,200 La Stada bicycle (which he won) to compete in regional competitions and aspires to the international cycling circuit. Dave's conservative father, Ray Stohler (Vincent Gardenia) thinks his son's dreams are risky and suggests he should settle down and work at the family used car lot. But Dave's Mom Evelyn (Barbara Barrie) knows that Dave's dreams are important and she does her best to support her sons goals, despite her husband's reservations on the subject.

Although not as focused,. Dave's friends, too, try to find out their life's purpose. And they'll find their reason for being, if they're not side tracked by the pompous fraternity students from the nearby university who call the local boys "Cutters (a derogatory term derived from town's working class history and its quarries which employed "Stone Cutters").

Dave's close friends included Jackie Earle Haley as Moocher; Thomas Bray as Cyril; Tom Wiggins as Mike. Also appearing were John Ashton as Roy and Larry Larson as Greg Prince.

This short-lived series is based on the movie Breaking Away (1979) starring Dennis Christopher as Dave, a blond teenager who loved opera, spoke Italian and aspired to be as good as his heroes from the Cinzano racing team from Italy. Barbara Barrie as Dave's mom and Jackie Earle Haley as Moocher and John Ashton as Roy reprised their film roles for the TV series.


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