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Emma O'Reilly offers cycling a path to redemption

Reform of tainted sport bigger issue for former Armstrong masseuse than personal apology

Diarmuid Lyng

Published 20/11/2013 | 01:00

Eleven years after they worked together at the US Postal team, Emma O’Reilly met Lance Armstrong in Florida where he apologised for his attempts to ‘destroy her’
Eleven years after they worked together at the US Postal team, Emma O’Reilly met Lance Armstrong in Florida where he apologised for his attempts to ‘destroy her’

There are few people connected to the Lance Armstrong saga who can lift the pervading air of cynicism that wells up any time a new admission from cycling's darkest days comes to light.

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Surely, beneath the rubble of cycling's fallen empire, is a story worth telling, a character that can emerge and provide some direction, where winning races sometimes can't.

Emma O'Reilly may be that person. Armstrong's former masseuse and soigneur, O'Reilly went on record with what she knew about Armstrong's doping in David Walsh's expose 'LA Confidentiel'. About that back-dated corticosteroid prescription. About using her own make-up to hide the needle-marks on Armstrong's body.

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