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.

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.

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