Kelly was 3rd in 1982 World Championship Road Race behind Giuseppe Saronni or Italy and Greg Lemond of the USA.
Kelly was also 3rd in the 1989 World Championship Road Race behind Greg Lemond of the USA and Dimitri Konyshev of Russia.
In addition, Kelly was 5th in the World Championship Road Race three times: in 1986, 1987, and 1990.
Kelly was a complete rider who could sprint, time-trial and climb with the best, although he did have trouble in the heat and on the major climbs in the Tour de France.
Kelly was a rider’s rider, a professional’s professional. His record in the Tour de France of fifteen starts and twelve finishes attests to this.
Kelly raced hard during entire racing calendar. In addition to his record in the Cycling Hall of Fame.com designated races, he also won the Paris-Nice a record seven times, the Tour of Switzerland twice, and the Grand Prix de Nations, the then most prestigious time trial of the year, once.
Kelly retired from professional competition in 1994 after 188 professional victories.