"Next summer, Haworth will be one of the stages in the Tour de France. Let us hope that it brings fame, fortune and glory to the winner as well as reinforcing Haworth on the map of 'significant places to be.'
Lance Edward Armstrong (Born Lance Edward Gunderson) in September 1971, was until recently, the most famous of all professional road racing cyclists. He is an American, whom despite developing testicular cancer, won the Tour de France a record of seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005 before being disqualified from each of these races and banned for life from cycling for having admittedly taken illegally prescribed drugs to enhance his performance. During the Tour de France in 1999, Armstrong came third and denied Bradley Wiggins a place on the podium by pushing him into fourth position. Armstrong denied using drugs after 1995, but Wiggins didn't believe him.
Having been stripped of his previous cycling world records in the Tour de France, Armstrong's public image for millions of young cyclists out there has also been stripped bare. With no official number on his back, let's hope he doesn't try to slip back into the race anomyniously and do a 'Lady Godiva' cycling up Main Street in the hope that he won't be noticed by the keen-eyed Haworth stalwarts and arm-chaired cyclists mounting the crowded sidewalks." William Forde: December 9th, 2013.