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Emma O'Reilly willing to meet Armstrong after Oprah interview

Armstrong says the Dubliner is one of the people he needs to apologise to.

Emma O'Reilly: missed a call from Armstrong on Sunday night.
Emma O'Reilly: missed a call from Armstrong on Sunday night.
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EMMA O’REILLY SAYS she is prepared to meet Lance Armstrong now that he has come clean.

The Tallaght native worked as an assistant for US Postal during Armstrong’s time in the team and was branded a “whore” by the Texan for contributing to a 2004 book that sought to expose his cheating.

In his interview with Winfrey, Armstrong admitted that O’Reilly’s claims against him had all been correct and the Irishwoman said it was a weight off her shoulders.

“Lance responded to my accusations that he was a drug cheat by branding me a prostitute and an alcoholic,” she told the Daily Mail. “(In the interview), he said I was one of the people who had been ‘run over’ and that he owed me an apology, but more crucially he confirmed that my story about a back-dated prescription was true.

“There was this tightness in my chest that was suddenly released. I don’t think I’d even realised, in all these years, that it was there. Only when it left me. He said he had reached out and tried to contact me. I want to speak to him but I’d rather do it face to face. I’d like to explain why I told my story in the first place.”

- © AFP, 2012

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