Irish sports award for Kelly

Irish sprinter Sean Kelly, four-time winner of the green jersey at the Tour de France and the first rider to win a major stage race seven times in arrow (Paris-Nice, 1982-88) is to be awarded Ireland's Mick Doyle Golden Memory Award at the Canon Hayes National Sports Awards in Aherlow this weekend.

According to Ireland Online, Martin Quinn, a spokesman for the 10th annual awards, said, "The Mick Doyle Golden Memory Award will go to cyclist Sean Kelly in tribute to a career in which he was rated number one in the world as well as being regarded as one of the greatest sprinters of all time."

Kelly will accept the award in person. In his 17-year career, Kelly clocked up 193 victories including 11 Classics and was the first rider to be rated as world number one when the FICP introduced rankings in 1984. He held that spot for a record seven years.

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