From 1984 to 1989 Sean Kelly was the number one cyclist in the world. He lies third on the all-time list of those who have won Monuments, the most important one day classics in the sport. Kelly won the biggest of them all, the Paris-Roubaix, the infamous Hell of the North, in 1984 and 1986.
Perhaps he was a little under-appreciated here as we focussed on the Tour de France which wasn't his kind of race. He was basically a sprinter. But what a sprinter and what a competitor. In 1984 when thick mud made Paris-Roubaix almost unbearably tough, Kelly blazed through to win. Next day L'Equipe ran a front page photo of the mud spattered Carrick on Suir man with the headline, "Insatiable Kelly".