Library grabs headlines with plan to re-classify Lance Armstrong biographies

Yahoo!7 Updated January 21, 2013, 1:29 pm

A Sydney library says there are no immediate plans to re-categorise Lance Armstrong's biographies as fiction despite receiving worldwide praise for an apparent plan to do.

A sign at reception of Manly Library suggested Armstrong's biographies, once considered an inspirational story over illness and adversity, would soon be re-classified as works of fiction.

The sign read: 'All non-fiction Lance Armstrong titles, including 'Lance Armstrong: Images Of A Champion,' 'The Lance Armstrong Performance Program' and 'Lance Armstrong: World's Greatest Champion,' will soon be moved to the fiction section.'

It has since been revealed the sign was the work of a cheeky casual employee and does not mean a change in policy.

"This person just works a few hours on the weekend and he didn't have any authority to make a statement on behalf of the library," said Wendy Ford, Manly Library's community liaison librarian.

Ford said Armstrong's books would remain in the non-fiction section unless they receive instructions from Libraries Australia.

Ford was forced to clarify the library's position after the sign received worldwide praise on social media.

It has also featured on the websites of the UK's Daily Mail and USA Today.

Fairfax is reporting Manly Council have been inundated with calls about the sign.

Last week, Armstrong finally admitted to doping in all seven of his Tour de France wins between 1999 and 2005.

Given Armstrong's recent admission, one wonders what 'The Lance Armstrong Performance Program' actually involves.

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  1. Adel10:00am Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse wasnt about the bike after all!!! was it Lance???

  2. t_leard08:10am Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    my first response to seeing that notice in the photo is "go manly!" although that employee may have some explaining to do to their boss, at least it has helped put manly on the world map. while they are reclassifying maybe they should make the books about him be found in the 'c' section since there are a lot of other words starting with 'c' other than champion (ie. clinical cheat) which may be more fitting

  3. Don02:57am Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    One of the major concerns about taking synthetic hormones and anabolic steroids is that they shrink your testicles. I can't help thinking that wouldn't have been a worry for Lance baby, since his were plastic anyway.

  4. Roy02:12am Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    All who backs the cheater are cheaters. Blah blah blah

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  5. Steve Ice12:24am Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Its funny how this doping stuff only effects certain sports. I bet every person writing a comment here enjoys watching MMA or UFC cage fighting, and yet everyone knows the fighters are all taking steroids etc by their own admission, but everyone is still happy watching ( you're all hypocrites) ... but no ones seems to care!!!! Maybe Lance should get into MMA he would kick #$%$

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  6. LA12:08am Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A classic move from the Aussies........

  7. Graham S12:05am Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Lance is a cold calculating individual who no doubt cannot be stripped of the huge pay packet from Oprah. He deserves to be made an example of as he has conned us all for years, and it must stop now !!! ... I feel sorry,only for his family, who are the only innocents in this travesty.

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  8. IB11:56pm Monday 21st January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Yes, Lance Armstrong lied. Yes he has been stripped of his recognition. But he has also admitted to the world that he has done this. That takes guts. I wonder how many people who are knocking him have ever told a lie for personal gain, even if it was to win an argument. Look at yourself, don't throw stones at him unless you have lived a faultless, honest, never told a lie, never done anything wrong and never wrongly criticised someone. I'll be honest. I am not perfect, are you???????

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  9. Soner11:44pm Monday 21st January 2013 ESTReport Abuse


  10. PETE11:42pm Monday 21st January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    You all forget the other blokes who worked hard to ride in this sport and were robbed of their 5minutes of fame because this dude cheated them all for years! In all sports they pay them too much,hence why you get these problems. The days are gone when you you got was a hand shake and your picture on a packet of Cornflakes,they were all true sportsmen and sportswomen then not nowadays,now they are all out to get what they can get.