Friendship is a weird affair, like the characters form Madagascar, where Alex, the lion had Marty a zebra as his best buddy. Similarly, former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong and Scott Mercier share a strange bond of friendship. Highlighted by his impressive professional career, Lance witnessed a nightmare of downfall, when he was indicted with doping charges and his seven Tour De France titles were stripped of. Nevertheless, the person who stood by him during the toughest time of his life was Scott Mercier and I guess that defines a lot about true friendship.
Scott Mercier and His Story
Scott, a former member of professional cycling team in 1997, quit the world of professional cycling when the team’s doctor put him on steroids to enhance his performance. The whole story began during the Tour De Romania, when Pedro Celaya a medical officer for the team called Scott to his room and told him to try steroids to enhance his performance. With prescription of pills and steroids, the medical officer promised Scoot to make him go strong. After discussing the offer with his wife, Scott made up his mind to quit professional cycling forever.
Lance Armstrong and Doping Allegations
During this period Armstrong was recovering from cancer and a year after Scott’s departure, Lance began his second innings of professional cycling. Unlike Scott, Lance agreed to medical prescriptions in order to boost up his routine and even made it an essential asset for the future professional tours. Scott described the whole conspiracy as a well organized doping strategy that was going before Armstrong’s addition to Postal Service team. Lance and Scott were never part of the professional cycling team, but faced same challenges to which Lance surrendered. Moreover, Scott knew that the team carried such steroids in a special refrigerated lunch box and were used during professional events.
Armstrong Found Guilty of Doping
However, Armstrong was found guilty for doping by the Anti Doping Association of United States and Scott was fully convinced about all this. The only thing that he wasn’t able to understand was the denial of Lance after all the devastating evidences and medical reports. After his downfall and speculations with the doping charges, Lance followed Scott on twitter. Scott who quitted the professional cycling a long time ago found the whole thing a bit strange but gave Lance his contact information in case he needed some help. The more surprising thing for Scott was the reply he got from Lance, asking him to bring his bike for some cycling in Aspin that summer.
Scott’s Stood by Armstrong in times of Need
Although, Scott never stood by Lance for his doping and denial things, buy certainly understood his part and suggested him for an honest confection about doping with an independent commission. Scott agreed with fact that Lance could have done much better with the sports if he didn’t persuade with doping. However, Lance described winning world titles as an addiction and beating all the enduring talents in competition gave him a terrific feeling. It is that one single decision that divides the two athletes apart but the passion for one sport that has brought back two best buddies together.
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