Gaviria wins Guangxi stage 1, Welsford and Wiasak triumph: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 20, 2017

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What I’ve Learned: Sean Kelly

by VeloClub

In the latest edition from our What I’ve Learned series, former world number one, multiple green jersey and Classics winner and 1988 Vuelta a España winner Sean Kelly talks about his life lessons, his inspirations, his biggest success and what, if anything, he would change.

In this excerpt he talks about the most disappointment moments of his career.

My biggest career disappointment was probably the world championships in Chambéry in 1989. That said, looking back I think that LeMond was just too good for me that day. Some of the Tour of Flanders I finished second in – that happened three times – were definitely disappointments too. I was second three times and there were some where I definitely think I was in the shape to win. I just didn’t do things tactically right at the end.

When you look back at those later, when you look back with hindsight, you say, ‘I should never have allowed that guy to ride away. I was strong enough to control everything.’ But you gamble a bit, and then you lose.

Losing victory in the 1987 Vuelta a España close to the end was another blow. I was leading the race with just three days to go but had to withdraw due to a bad saddle sore. That was hard, not least because I was riding for a Spanish team. For the boss there, the Vuelta was the biggest race to win…it was bigger than the Tour for him. I suppose losing the race like that made me hungry to come back and win the following year, which I was able to do.

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