A cyclist at the center of a nasty road rage incident in Sydney has been revealed to be former Olympian Tony Lally.
The former road cyclist, who represented Ireland at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, was identified by the Daily Mail like the man behind a furious explosion at a motorist.
The incident was filmed by a young single mother identified by 7News as Sydney’s wife Monique.
The furious tirade renewed calls for cyclists to sign up to ride the roads.
The vision shows the cyclist opening the driver’s side door of the vehicle and unleashing a tirade full of expletives.
“Are you fucking blind,” Lally can be heard saying.
“You big jerk. You cut me off, you stopped right in front of me. You almost knocked me over.
He is heard saying later in the video, “I was pointing, and I turned around…it was perfectly safe.”
After the incident, Monique told Seven that she was “shaking” and “I couldn’t drive. It wasn’t safe to drive.
She reportedly passed the footage on to the police, but was told they couldn’t do anything without identifying the cyclist.
Attorney Sam Macedone said in the 7News report that it would be difficult for the police to do anything due to the lack of recording.
“There’s really nothing you can do because there’s no license plate, there’s no ID, there’s nothing,” he said.
However, the Australian Cycle Alliance told Seven as the man went too far with his outburst registering the bikes would be an “expensive exercise”.
“This person does not represent cycling any more than he represents the people of Sydney,” the spokesperson said. 7NEWS.com.au.
“It would cost as much to register a bike as it would to register a car to make it financially viable.
“Let’s start at four on their balance bikes… how do you do when you have multiple bikes?
“The cost of the system would far exceed the benefits of the system.”
Following his cycling career, Lally has since moved to Australia and become a successful businessman and previously served as CEO of industry super fund Sunsuper.
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