Sean Kelly

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Sean Kelly as a television commentator for the 2009 Tour de France

Sean Kelly (born May 24, 1956 in Waterford ) is a retired Irish cyclist . He was one of the most successful classic hunters of the 1980s and 1990s. Along with Stephen Roche, he is one of the best drivers in Ireland.


In 1977, Sean Kelly turned pro after being discovered by French team leader Jean de Gribaldy . His sprinter qualities brought him five stage wins and four times the green jersey in the Tour de France (1982, 1983, 1985 and 1989). He also scored four points in the Vuelta a España , which the all-rounder won in 1988. In stage races , the Irishman was also able to win the Tour de Suisse in 1983 and 1990 , and the “Race to the Sun” Paris – Nice seven times in a row , making him the record winner of this race. Sean Kelly was also a very strong time trial and won the 1986 Grand Prix des Nations .

Kelly celebrated most of his triumphs in the one-day races . He has won four of the five monuments of cycling several times:

In addition to the Tour of Flanders , he lacks a victory at the road cycling world championships , where he finished third in 1982 and 1989 .

His impressive consistency is reflected not least in the cycling world rankings , which Kelly has led continuously for five years since its introduction in 1984.


In 1984 Sean Kelly was banned from the Belgian federation for one month at the Paris-Brussels race because of doping with pemoline and was fined 1000 Swiss francs.

Individual evidence

  1. Ralf Meutgens : Doping in cycling , Bielefeld 2007, p. 260ff. ISBN 978-3-7688-5245-6

Web links

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