Over the past few weeks, I’ve been asked a couple of times if I’m going to delete a particular image from my photographic website (www.glibberyphotographs.com).
The picture in question is in my Sporting Heroes gallery. It was made in 2010 and features Lance Armstrong, taking part in his last-ever Tour de France Time Trial.
I’ve decided not to delete this image, not because I don’t want to erase Lance Armstrong from history, but because I still like it.
For me, it represents a moment in sporting history: the last hurrah in Europe of a man who, for many, will always be some kind of hero, if only for beating testicular cancer and returning to competitive cycling at the highest level.
Never first among equals
I hope it will also always act as a reminder of what we now know: that – when he won his seven Tour de France titles – Armstrong may have been first but was never first among equals.
He was, as he admitted to Oprah Winfrey and some 28 million people watching worldwide, a serial cheat who’d used performance-enhancing drugs since before he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Now, for me, he’s history. If he’s going to get on his bike at all, it should only be to ride off into the distance where, before too long I hope, he’ll become part of the distant past.
He was a hero once, but – as we now know – a deceitful winner of his palmarès. Shame on him for that.