A cyclist allegedly involved in a heated run-in with cricketer Shane Warne in Melbourne yesterday has disputed the spin king's version of events, claiming Warne was the aggressor and demanding he pay for his damaged bike.
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, claims that at no point did he "thump" or "whack" Warne's Mercedes coupe during the confrontation on the corner of St Kilda and Toorak roads about 6pm yesterday.
Instead, the 28-year-old claims Warne yelled at him and ran into his bike, causing so much damage that he was forced to carry it to the side of the road and could not ride it home.
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In a detailed email outlining his version of events, the experienced cyclist questioned why Warne did not stop to exchange details with him, given that the cricketer tweeted furiously about the collision a short time later.
He has appealed directly to Warne to reconsider his public outburst.
"Shane, please acknowledge that you made a mistake and pay for my bike. I'll be donating yesterday's pay to the Amy Gillett foundation to do my bit – it would be great if you did the same," the email reads.
The cyclist claims he immediately went to a police station to report the incident, and a Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed the complaint had been made.
"Police have been made aware of an incident involving a cyclist and a motorist near the intersection of Toorak and St Kilda roads," a police spokeswoman said.
"Both parties have been spoken to and civil action has been advised."
In a Twitter rage unleashed last night, Warne claimed the cyclist grabbed on to the back of his car to hitch a free ride through the traffic lights. The cyclist had then pulled himself in front of the traffic and hit the bonnet of Warne's car with his hand as he passed, Warne said.
However the cyclist said at no point did he grab on to Warne's car.
He said he and 10 other cyclists were trying to squeeze through traffic banked up at the intersection after the traffic light in their lane had turned green when Warne yelled at him "What are you doing? You don't own the road! Get out of the way."
"I shook my head and probably yelled something similarly inane back," the cyclist wrote.
"Now even more agitated the driver continued to yell, 'You don't own the road.' I looked more closely and recognised him as Shane Warne, laughed and asked, 'What are you doing?' and began to get ready to clip into my bike to continue the ride home.
"But before I could, the driver lurched his car forward forcing my bike wheel and almost my leg under the front of his car."
He said he was "dumbfounded" by what he considered to be Warne's aggression.
In the email, he wrote: "I'd had no intention of making any of this public - I simply wanted [to] deal with it privately and ask him to repair my bike. However Mr Warne, the public man that he is, seemed to want the whole thing in plain view."
He said co-operation on roads was a serious issue that should be addressed.
"No one, not motorists, not pedestrians nor cyclists should feel unsafe or anxious getting to and from work," he said.
This afternoon, Warne tweeted that he was aware the cyclist had responded.
"Have just seen bike riders version of events, please buddy - whatever ! I'm not going to get into a 5 year old tit for tat.. [sic]
"Ps we both know what happened & people next to me shook their head at your actions ! Enough - all move on please !
"I'm concerned that the Govt are not addressing the situation & are not prepared to show common sense & make it safe for everyone Over & out."
The cyclist, who says he rides about 100 kilometres a week, told The Age today that he reported the matter to police for insurance purposes, and did not want to get into a legal battle with Shane Warne.
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