'Riders are now worried about every extra gram': Sean Kelly calls for peloton to lead more balanced lives

The former Irish pro lays out what worries him about the lifestyles of today's pros

Sean Kelly (Photo by NUTAN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

(Image credit: Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Sean Kelly has implored today's pro riders to bring more balance to their lives by taking proper breaks during the off season and not focusing on their weight too much.

In a blog post, the former Irish pro says he watched earlier in the year as many riders suffered broken bones and the likes of Nairo Quintana and Adam Yates put in sensational early-season rides, drawing comparisons as to what life was like during his time in the peloton.

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