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Coup for Craig as he lands TV chat with Irish masseuse who exposed Armstrong

CRAIG Doyle has landed the first Irish interview with the masseuse who blew the lid on Lance Armstrong's drug taking.

Dublin native Emma O'Reilly (42) is set to describe her years working for the cyclist and how she came to tell the real story behind Armstrong's cycling victories.

News of Craig's interview comes a day after Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his cancer charity Livestrong.

Sponsors Nike ditched Armstrong yesterday, and were quickly followed Trek Bicycles, a bike helmet company and FRS energy drink company.

Craig, a big cycling fan, said he thought Emma's decision to help expose Armstrong as a cheat showed real bravery.

Emma originally tried to expose the cyclist as a cheat back in 2003 -- but was sued for libel. Craig said: "She's been incredibly brave. Yes, she allowed the doping to happen around her but saw the light and tried to tell the truth."

Emma has claimed that she worked as a 'drug-runner' for the US Postal team.

Armstrong's legacy as a cancer survivor turned seven-times winner of the Tour de France was left in ruins when he was accused of drug-taking on a massive scale and being the ringleader of a sophisticated doping conspiracy.

The Craig Doyle Show airs tonight on RTE2 at 10.30.

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