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Sean Kelly, 56 today. Or was it on Monday? All of the profiles on the internet seem to think it is today but I’ve just been reliably informed by David Harmon via Twitter that it was on the 21st May!

John James Kelly was and is, a legend! From humble beginning’s as the son of a farmer in County Waterford he went on to be one of the most successful cyclists of the 1980’s.

Starting his career as a sprinter, he became a formidable all rounder and a true, man for the classics. From turning professional in 1977 till the early 90’s he racked up an incredible Palmares, his most notable achievements include…

Tour de France:

Points classification (1982, 1983,1985, 1989)
Intermediate sprints classification (1982, 1983, 1989)
5 Stages
Vuelta a España

General Classification (1988)
Points classification (1980, 1985,1986, 1988)
16 Stages

Stage Races


General classification (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Tour de Suisse

General classification (1983, 1990)
Vuelta al País Vasco

General classification (1984, 1986, 1987)
Volta a Catalunya

General classification (1984, 1986)

Single-Day Races and Classics

UCI Road World Cup: (1989)
Milan – San Remo: (1986, 1992)
Paris–Roubaix: (1984, 1986)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège: (1984, 1989)
Giro di Lombardia: (1983, 1985, 1991)
Critérium International: (1983, 1984, 1987)
Still heavily involved in cycling today and most importantly, still riding, he remains one of the greats of the sport!
And he’s still, tough as old boots!!!
Happy Birthday!