For the first episode in a new video series, we caught up with Sean Kelly to hear about his toughest day on the bike.

For a man who won Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Milan-San Remo, the Vuelta a España and many race besides, there were plenty of gruelling days during his 18 season professional career.

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Coming towards the end of that long and successful career, Kelly’s toughest day was during the 1992 Tour de France.

The Irishman put himself in the break during a particularly mountainous stage, and suffered for it all day.

Stage 13 of the 1992 Tour was a huge 254.5km from St Gervais to Sestriere. The aggressive racing kicked off on the climbs and Kelly found himself repeatedly dropped but kept catching back on.

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With half the stage still left in front of him, he soon started to question why he was carrying on. A teammate kept him motivated and they got to the end of the stage together, 25 minutes behind the day’s winner.

The following day was almost as hard, but riders will dig extra deep in the Tour de France and King Kelly made it to Paris.

Hear more from Sean Kelly in the March issue of Cycling Active, on sale Wednesday January 27.

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