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Historic Overview Sean Kelly

Rider

Overall Rank2
NameSean KELLY
Country
  Ireland
Date of birth24-May-1956 - Carrick on Suir (Waterford)
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 becoming a professional in 1977 until his retirement in 1994, he won 193 professional races, including nine Monument Classics, Paris–Nice a record seven years consecutively and the first UCI Road World Cup in 1989. Kelly won one Grand Tour, the 1988 Vuelta a España, and four green jerseys in the Tour de France. He achieved multiple victories in the Giro di Lombardia, Milan–San Remo, Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, as well as three runners-up placings in the only Monument he failed to win, the Tour of Flanders. Other victories include the Grand Prix des Nations and stage races, the Critérium International, Tour de Suisse, Tour of the Basque Country and Volta a Catalunya.

Kelly twice won bronze medals (1982, 1989) in the Road World Championships Elite Men's Road Race and finished fifth in 1987, the year compatriot Stephen Roche won gold. When the FICP rankings became established in March 1984, Kelly was the first cyclist to be ranked World No.1, a position he held for a record five consecutive years. By total career ranking points, Kelly is the second-best cyclist of all time after Eddy Merckx. In the 1984 season, Kelly achieved 33 victories.

source - Wikipedia

Badges

5 15 5 16 7 2 2 2 3 2 22 3 128

Major Victories

Vuelta a España 1988
Milano - Sanremo 1986, 1992
Paris - Roubaix 1984, 1986
Liège - Bastogne - Liège 1984, 1989
Giro di Lombardia 1983, 1985, 1991
Paris - Nice 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
Gent - Wevelgem 1988
Tour de Suisse 1983, 1990
Vuelta al Pais Vasco 1984, 1986, 1987
Bretagne Classic-Ouest-France 1984
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 1984, 1986
Paris - Tours 1984
G.P. des Nations 1986
Super Prestige Pernod 1984, 1985, 1986
Critérium International 1983, 1984, 1987
Tour du Haut-Var 1982
Driedaagse De Panne 1980
Setmana Catalana 1988
Tour of Ireland - Nissan Classic 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991
Clàssica Comunitat Valenciana 1969 - Gran Premi València 1992
Tour de France - stages 1978 (1), 1980 (2), 1981 (1), 1982 (1)
Vuelta a España - stages 1979 (2), 1980 (5), 1985 (3), 1986 (2), 1987 (2), 1988 (2)
Paris - Nice - stages 1982 (4), 1983 (3), 1984 (2), 1986 (3), 1987 (1), 1988 (1)
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 1980 (1), 1981 (1), 1989 (1)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1977 (1)
Tour de Suisse - stages 1983 (2), 1984 (1), 1990 (1), 1992 (1)
Vuelta al Pais Vasco - stages 1984 (3), 1985 (2), 1986 (3), 1987 (2), 1988 (1)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - stages 1984 (4), 1985 (1), 1986 (1), 1987 (2)
G.P. du Midi-Libre - stages 1982 (1)
Critérium International - stages 1982 (1), 1983 (1), 1984 (3), 1985 (1), 1986 (2), 1987 (2)
Driedaagse De Panne - stages 1980 (1), 1986 (1), 1987 (1)
4 Jours de Dunkerque - stages 1981 (1)
Tour de Luxembourg - stages 1981 (1)
Setmana Catalana - stages 1978 (1), 1988 (1)
Tour of Ireland - Nissan Classic - stages 1985 (2)
Ronde van Nederland - stages 1980 (1), 1981 (1), 1985 (1)
More results

Seasons

Sean Kelly - Scores by Season

Year Team Score Rank
1. 1974 Individual 5 735
2. 1975 Individual 5 699
3. 1976 Individual 8 635
4. 1977 Flandria - Velda - Latina Assicurazioni 1131 30
5. 1978 Flandria - Velda - Lano 1037 32
6. 1979 Splendor - Euro Soap 1272 28
7. 1980 Splendor - Admiral 2381 7
8. 1981 Splendor - Wickes Bouwmarkt - Europ Decor 1760 15
9. 1982 Sem - France-Loire - Campagnolo 2995 4
10. 1983 Sem - Reydel - Mavic 3622 1
11. 1984 Skil - Reydel - Sem - Mavic 5447 1
12. 1985 Skil - Sem - Kas - Miko 5246 1
13. 1986 Kas 5158 1
14. 1987 Kas 3716 2
15. 1988 Kas - Canal 10 4372 1
16. 1989 PDM - Ultima - Concorde 3080 2
17. 1990 PDM - Concorde - Ultima 2278 5
18. 1991 PDM - Concorde - Ultima 1272 28
19. 1992 Festina - Lotus 1088 33
20. 1993 Festina - Lotus 356 147
21. 1994 Catavana - A.S. Corbeil-Essonnes - Cedico 192 257
Overall: 46421 2