Puncture Armstrong has met and apologised to the woman who first accused the disgraced former cyclist associated with doping.

The 42-year-old was
stripped of his seven Visit de France wins and
confessed in January to taking performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.

Until then, he had denied doping, taking legal activity against and attempting to ruin the reputation of former team member Emma O’Reilly.

Armstrong admitted what this individual did was “inexcusable” and “embarrassing”.

O’Reilly, who worked as Armstrong’s soigneur, had spoken out regarding his drug-taking in 2004.

Armstrong told the Daily Mail: “At the time, when I said what I said about her, I was fighting to protect a lot of positions. “

In Aug 2012, the American was removed of his seven Tour de France titles and accused from the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the “most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen”.

Then in January he revealed in a television
interview with chatshow host Oprah Winfrey which he had taken performance-enhancing drugs.

He also admitted he had “run over” a lot of people in an attempt to keep his doping a secret.

“I never expected to see Emma, ” this individual added. “I wanted to talk to her.

“I felt it was necessary to possess a conversation because there were definitely people who got caught up in this story who deserved an apology from me personally.

“When I reached out in January it was to talk. Emma, I enjoy, wasn’t ready for that. But really good that we are doing this personally. “

Armstrong and O’Reilly, initially from Dublin but now living in Cheshire, met recently in Florida.

“It was too big a situation to just possess a chat about it on the phone, inch said O’Reilly, 43. “I wished to eyeball him. You can’t keep throwing an injured dog. I wasn’t here to humiliate him. Yet I wanted closure. “

From the meeting, O’Reilly said: “It was a bit stilted because I guess we were two people who hadn’t talked for a long time, who had more than a bit of background. But we had a chat about people we knew, about our family members.

“I was thinking, he never actually used the word ‘sorry’. Yet I wasn’t looking for an insincere apology. There are different ways of stating sorry and I felt what this individual did say was genuine.

“Now people might think I’m below Lance’s spell, but I’m not. I wasn’t when I said what I did about him in 2005 and I’m not now. He or she was a jerk. He was a bully.

“But there are wider issues here and I wanted to address those, too. That said, I wanted closure with him and I feel I have it. inch