Lance Armstrong is certainly not a well-liked man in his former sport of cycling, thanks to years of steroid use and bullying those who attempted to out his performance-enhancing drug habit.
Now the banished former champion is comparing himself to a similarly loathed literary character, saying in a new interview with The Telegraph that the way he has been erased from the record books is reminiscent of how the wizarding world refused to to speak of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter books.
"I'm that guy everybody wants to pretend never lived," he says. "But it happened, everything happened. We know what happened. Now it's swung so far the other way... who's that character in Harry Potter they can't talk about? Voldemort? It's like that on every level. If you watch the Tour on American TV, if you read about it, it's as if you can't mention him."
Did you really think it was a coincidence that Armstrong won seven Tour de France titles, the exact same number of horcruxes created by the Dark Lord?
- Brendan Maloy