This pretty blonde professional cyclist was almost killed when a driver knocked her off her bike before kidnapping her and trying to drown the injured young woman in a bath at his flat.
Nathalie Birli, who is 27, is a professional racing cyclist with the Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion club in Lower Austria, and had been training when she was hit by a car, leaving her with a broken arm and bruising.
When she confronted the driver, he punched her and then bundled her into his car together with her bike, according to local media.
The terrified young woman, who was still shaken from the accident, had been unable to fight the man off as he tied her limbs with isolation tape. She was then driven into a flat, where she was allegedly attacked by the man in an ordeal that included attempting to drown her in a bath full of water.
She said he had also forced to drink alcohol, threatened her with a knife and also said he was going to kill her.
Meanwhile her disappearance had been noted, and police had already started a search operation to try and find her.
The young woman eventually managed to gain the man’s trust and even persuaded him to drive her home together with her cycle, and once she was released she ran inside her property and locked the door, calling her boyfriend and the police.
Cops then used the data on her bicycle’s on-board computer to track down the man, a 33-year-old who was not named for legal reasons, and he was arrested when armed SWAT cops raided his home.
Few details have emerged of what else happened in the flat, but police believe the man was mentally disturbed and there was no clear motive for his actions.
The cyclist, meanwhile, is being treated in hospital for her injuries where she posted a message to fans thanking them for their support.
Writing in English, she said: “A thousand thanks to everyone who was looking for me yesterday. You couldn’t have found me. I was hit, beaten together, caught up and brought to a small house off the road – like in a bad movie. Thank God I was able to free myself and I am well except for a broken arm and a head injury.”
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