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Fascinating story of one of the greatest, and most modest cyclists ever. A great read.,
This review is from: Hunger: Sean Kelly: The Autobiography (Hardcover)
As Kelly was at the top of his game when I became interested in cycling in the mid '80s, I read this in a couple of nights. Like many other reviewers have written, it tells Kelly's story, from farmer's son to all-conquering champion, with as much understatement and as little embellishment as it is possible to imagine. He portrays the toughness of the big races, the quiet arrangements made between teams in an absolutely matter of fact way. His descriptions of his relationships with de Gribaldy, and the Nys family of Belgium, are touching insights into a very private man.
Again, as other reviewers have noted, I was amazed at the almost complete lack of acknowledgement of the darker side of professional cycling, that of doping. He talks obliquely of "when I had a problem with the dope control" having tested positive for Stimul. Although Kimmage is a friend, Kelly gives him only lukewarm support for having written "A Rough Ride". Considering he spent time at PDM with Theunisse et al, I'm sure he's aware of a lot, lot more than is mentioned here.
That said, the book overall was engaging, drawing you into the suffering and elation of the toughest sport. Robert Millar's chapter at the end is the perfect epilogue from another great of the era. Highly recommended