|Born||May 24, 1956 in Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland|
|Professional Years||1977 – 1994|
|Teams||Splendor (1977-1978), Sem (1979-1983), Skil-Sem (1984-1985), Kas (1986-1987), PDM-Concorde (1988-1991), Festina-Lotus (1992-1994)|
Sean Kelly is a retired Irish professional road racing cyclist who was born in 1956 in Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland. He was a prolific winner, amassing 193 professional victories over his career. Kelly was a multi-sport cyclist who excelled in one-day classics, stage events, and sprints.
Kelly began his professional career in 1977 with the Belgian team Splendor. He soon established himself as a powerful rider, winning the Grand Prix d’Isbergues in 1978, the first of many races he would win throughout his career. Kelly joined the Sem team in 1979 and won his first classic event, the Paris-Roubaix, in 1984. Kelly also won Paris-Nice, the Tour of Switzerland, Milan-San Remo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and the Giro di Lombardia.
Kelly was recognized for his strong, tenacious racing style and ability to win in any situation. He excelled in cold, rainy weather, winning several of his most important races under such conditions. Kelly was also a talented sprinter who won numerous group sprint competitions.
Kelly withdrew from professional cycling at the age of 38 in 1994. After retiring, he worked for Eurosport as a cycling pundit and analyst. In 2007, Kelly was inducted into the Cycling Hall of Fame.
Sean Kelly’s Most Important Achievements:
|1983||1st place in Milan-San Remo|
|1984||1st place in Paris-Roubaix|
|1985||1st place in Liège-Bastogne-Liège|
|1986||1st place in Paris-Nice|
|1987||1st place in the Tour of Switzerland|
|1989||1st place in the Amstel Gold Race|
|1992||1st place in the Tour de Romandie|