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Lance Armstrong just a "little runt" says Irish physio

Luke Byrne

Published 19/01/2013 | 05:00

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CYCLING cheat Lance Armstrong has been branded a "little runt" by his former masseuse.

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Emma O'Reilly, from Tallaght in Dublin, worked as soigneur (assistant) to Armstrong's US Postal Service cycling team from 1996 to 2000.

She was bullied and sued for libel by Armstrong after going public with what she knew about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. At one point she said Lance called her an "alcoholic prostitute".

Ms O'Reilly was one of the few people named by the Texan cyclist in his 'Oprah' interview.

Armstrong apologised to the physiotherapist and admitted calling her names and bullying her.

Ms O'Reilly said his confession was old news to her. She continued: "One part of me thought, 'Oh, this is great' and the other part thought, 'That little runt.'

"I wanted to clip him across the back of the head and drag him up to Manchester (where she now runs a clinic) to apologise to the people close to me."

Ms O'Reilly, speaking on the British TV show 'Daybreak', said the apology was "not at all enough" for her and revealed that she missed a call from Armstrong last Sunday because of poor mobile coverage.

Irish Independent

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