Hunger: Sean Kelly: The Autobiography by Sean KellySean Kelly remains one of the true great sportsmen of the last 40 years, and its a pleasure to finally hear the story from his own pen (or his ghostwriters).
The book starts with his last great victory - in thr 1992 Milan San Remo - then traces his illustrious career in mostly chronological fashion, ending as he bowed out of the sport in typically modest fashion.
Anyone looking for a warts & all expose of PEDs is going to be very disappointed - Kellys soigneur Willy Voet, in his book Breaking the Chain provides a rather different explanation for a few events in Kellys career than the sanitised version found here.
And David Walshs biography of Sean Kelly, one of my favourite ever sporting biographies, actually provides more insight on Kellys career and even his motivation and development, that this book does.
Nevertheless, well worth a read for an overview of one of the last of the true all-year all-weather all-terrain cyclists, who let his legs rather than his mouth do the talking.
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Moreno Argentin’s reasons for being beaten in the 1992 Milan-San Remo
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Sean Kelly's Milano-Sanremo win was one of the most memorable in race history, a daring downhill attack off the Poggio.
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Milan San Remo, the sprinters classic. Over kilometres of racing, usually decided on the famous Poggio climb. Here it was in , that Italian favourite Moreno Argentin led alone in the closing few kilometres to the finish. Argentin had never won the race and was desperate to do so. In the chasing group though, a 35 year old Sean Kelly was desperate also to win and prevent Argentin from fulfilling his dream.
Prior to Milan-San Remo in , the clear favourite for the win was the Italian Moreno Argentin who earlier that week had won three consecutive stages of Tirreno-Adriatico. However, in what was one of the most memorable finishes to a classic in the past few decades, Argentin was beaten by Sean Kelly after a super descent of the Poggio by the Irishman and being caught and subsequently beaten by Kelly in the sprint finish. He was interviewed by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica afterwards and provided a number of excuses as to why he felt he was beaten. I had not seen him, otherwise I would have reacted in time. I guess he was also aided by them.