Show us your scars #27: Sean Kelly (video)

The Vuelta winner and king of the cobbles talks us through the bumps and knocks he suffered during his career
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Sean Kelly was a prolific champion during his 18-year career, most notably winning Paris-Nice seven times in a row from 1982 to 1988. He also took the GC and points jersey at the Vuelta a España in 1988.

Away from stage racing he was an accomplished Classics specialist. Nicknamed King Kelly he won the Tour of Lombardy three times and Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo and Liège-Bastogne-Liège twice each.

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Now retired and working with the An Post Chain Reaction squad as general manager, we caught up with Kelly during an early season training camp in Calpe, Spain.

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You can’t be a professional cyclist for nearly two decades and not suffer crashes, bumps and scrapes.

Here the Irishman details some of his more noteworthy knocks, including ripping his leg open on a wall whilst chasing back to the bunch on a descent at the Tour de Suisse.

His collarbones suffered a bit during the Classics and a crash at the Tour of Flanders was one occasion when he had to abadon with a broken clavicle.

Come back at 12:00 next Thursday for the latest instalment of show us your scars.