A cyclist caught on video using unfair means in an ugly road rage incident against a Sydney woman is allegedly a former Olympian.
Tony Lally, a former road racing cyclist who represented Ireland at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, was filmed last week for making a false statement against a Sydney resident, identified only as Monique.
The video filmed by Monique was handed over to the police by him. The cyclist was later identified as 68-year-old Lally, according to police. daily Mail,
Lally is yet to comment on the video that has been shared widely on social media.
In the video, a cyclist can be seen verbally abusing Monique while opening the driver’s side door of his vehicle and trying to grab his phone.
The incident took place on Pittwater Road in Sydney, where the woman was driving. She said she had signaled to the cyclist that she was getting off the road.
“I looked back… just to see that he (the cyclist) wasn’t caught, I was pretty sure he wasn’t, but I wanted to double check and then I signaled consciously because once again I wanted it to be very clear to the rider that I was going to turn,” she told Australia’s 7News.
As he continued to drive, he heard a loud scream. He parked his car as the cyclist approached him and picked up his phone when he realized that everything was “not okay”.
“Are you blind?” In the video, Lally can be heard saying this.
“You fat bitch. You bit me, you stopped right in front of me. You almost left me.”
The cyclist can also be seen reaching for his phone while filming the explosion.
mrs. Monique can be heard asking the cyclist to stop hitting him. “I’m calling the police, you can’t beat me,” she said. “I was signaling, and I turned around … it was completely safe.”
The video of the incident involving the former Olympian calls for cyclists in the country to register before riding on the roads.
A spokesman for the Australian Bicycle Alliance was later quoted by local media as saying that the cyclist “doesn’t represent cycling more than it represents the people who live in Sydney”.
“Registering a cycle will cost the same as registering a car to make it economically viable.
“The cost of the system will far outweigh the benefits of the system,” the coalition said.
Lally lives in Australia after her cycling career and has since become a businessman.