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Lance Armstrong and Astana general manager Johan Bruyneel in press conference for the 2009 Tour Down Under in Adelaide South

Even as a child, Lance Armstrong was bent upon testing the boundaries. "When I was a boy I invented a game called fireball," he recalled in his autobiography.

Fireball? Yes... The game "entailed soaking a tennis ball in kerosene, lighting it on fire, and playing catch with it."

["I have loved him every minute of his life," his mother once declared, "but, God, there were times when it was a struggle."]

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