Historic Overview Sean Kelly

Rider

Overall Rank2
NameSean KELLY
Country
  Ireland
Date of birth24-May-1956 - Carrick on Suir (Tipperary)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Sean Kelly

John James 'Sean' Kelly (born 24 May 1956) is an Irish former professional road bicycle racer, one of the most successful road cyclists of the 1980s, and one of the finest classics riders of all time. From turning professional in 1977 until his retirement in 1994, he won nine monument classics, and 193 professional races in total. He won Paris–Nice seven years in a row and the first UCI Road World Cup in 1989. He won the 1988 Vuelta a España and had multiple wins in the Giro di Lombardia, Milan–San Remo, Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Other victories include the Critérium International, Grand Prix des Nations and smaller tours including the Tour de Suisse, Tour of the Basque Country and Volta a Catalunya.

Kelly twice won bronze medals (1982, 1989) in the World Road Race Championships and finished 5th in 1987, the year compatriot Stephen Roche won gold. Kelly was first to be ranked No.1 when the FICP rankings were introduced in March 1984, a position he held for a record five years. In the 1984 season, Kelly achieved 33 victories.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Giro di Lombardia 1983, 1985, 1991
Paris - Roubaix 1984, 1986
Milano - Sanremo 1986, 1992
Liège - Bastogne - Liège 1984, 1989
Paris - Tours 1984
Gent - Wevelgem 1988
Tour de Suisse 1983, 1990
Vuelta al Pais Vasco 1984, 1986, 1987
Vuelta a España 1988
Super Prestige "Pernod" 1984, 1985, 1986
Bretagne Classic-Ouest-FranceCircuit de Plouay 1984
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 1984, 1986
Paris - Nice 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
Tour de Suisse - stages 1983 (2), 1984 (1), 1990 (1), 1992 (1)
Tour de France - stages 1978 (1), 1980 (2), 1981 (1), 1982 (1)
Vuelta al Pais Vasco - stages 1984 (3), 1985 (2), 1986 (3), 1987 (2), 1988 (1)
Vuelta a España - stages 1979 (2), 1980 (5), 1985 (3), 1986 (2), 1987 (2), 1988 (2)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1977 (1)
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 1980 (1), 1981 (1), 1989 (1)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - stages 1984 (4), 1985 (1), 1986 (1), 1987 (2)
Paris - Nice - stages 1982 (4), 1983 (3), 1984 (2), 1986 (3), 1987 (1), 1988 (1)
G.P. du Midi-Libre - stages 1982 (1)
More results

Seasons

Sean Kelly - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1977 Flandria - Velda - Latina Assicurazioni 930 38
2. 1978 Flandria - Velda - Lano 871 39
3. 1979 Splendor - Euro Soap 1268 26
4. 1980 Splendor - Admiral 2322 7
5. 1981 Splendor - Wickes Bouwmarkt - Europ Decor 1596 14
6. 1982 Sem - France-Loire - Campagnolo 2804 3
7. 1983 Sem - Reydel - Mavic 3462 1
8. 1984 Skil - Reydel - Sem - Mavic 5256 1
9. 1985 Skil - Sem - Kas - Miko 5042 1
10. 1986 Kas 4862 1
11. 1987 Kas 3293 2
12. 1988 Kas - Canal 10 4048 1
13. 1989 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 2854 2
14. 1990 PDM - Concorde - Ultima 2112 5
15. 1991 PDM - Concorde - Ultima 1162 33
16. 1992 Festina - Lotus 1044 32
17. 1993 Festina - Lotus 349 134
18. 1994 Catavana - A.S. Corbeil-Essonnes - Cedico 185 247
Overall: 43460 2