At 16 he won the national junior championship at Banbridge, County Down. The Irish were suspended from racing for six months. They were racing again when the International Olympic Committee banned them from the Olympics for life. Kelly confirmed his potential in autumn A leading group of 18 entered Como in the Giro di Lombardia after a battle over the Intelvi and Schignano passes.
One-day races and Classics. John James 'Sean' Kelly born 24 May  is an Irish former professional road bicycle racer , one of the most successful road cyclists of the s, and one of the finest classics riders of all time. From turning professional in until his retirement in , he won nine monument classics, and professional races in total. Kelly twice won bronze medals , in the World Road Race Championships and finished 5th in , the year compatriot Stephen Roche won gold.