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In The News: Mercier Armstrong’s ‘best riding buddy’

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jan. 10, 2014

Mercier, Armstrong make amends — The Telegraph

Scott Mercier, the rider who quit professional cycling in disgust in the 1990s as the EPO scourge invaded the U.S. Postal Service team, explains he has now made amends with Lance Armstrong.

In fact, Mercier explained to the UK daily The Telegraph that he and Armstrong train together frequently in Colorado.

“Lance started following me on Twitter, which made me a little nervous,” Mercier recalled. “I thought: ‘Why would he want to get in touch with me? We took different paths.’ I had some crazy thoughts, wondering if he wanted to record our conversation and sue me. So I sent him a message saying: ‘Hey Lance, thanks for the follow, hope you’re well. Here’s my number if you need to talk.’

“He replied: ‘I’ll be in Aspen for the summer, we have lots to discuss.’ On my way up he texted: ‘Did you bring your bike, because let’s ride.’ That’s when I knew it would be more about cycling than confrontation.”

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