In the picture, a desperate 11-year-old boy, wrapped in an American flag, urges cycling hero Lance Armstrong through an uphill pull during a Rome time trial, part of the 2004 Tour de Georgia.
The photo, shot by Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographer Brant Sanderlin, sits in my office next to an advertisement for last year’s Sarah Palin documentary. The question is, what to do with it? The boy and his anguish — there is a look of stark pain on his face — were real. It is the cyclist who turned out to be fake.
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