Table of Contents

Early idols - Peter Doyle winning a stage from Liam Horner in the Tour of Britain
Early idols – Peter Doyle winning a stage from Liam Horner in the Tour of Britain

Table of Contents

Introduction.. 7 – About Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche

Prologue. 11 – The closing miles of the 1978 Tour of Ireland

New Year’s Day. 15 – The challenge of Winter training

In the Beginning. 33 – Before the racing began

Early Days. 55 – First races as a novice. Reaching the Olympic squad after two years.

Racing with Kelly. 67 – Experiences racing with the future world number one

Hitting the Wall 85 – Accidents and rehabilitation

Digging the Foundations. 107 – The start of the comeback trail

Hard Going. 119 – A long way to the podium

Finding Form.. 133 – Turning training into results

The Tour of Europe. 145 – The first big continental challenge

The Dark Horse. 159 – New found confidence turns into results

In Search of Wins. 169 – Foraging on the rough Irish roads

The Final Tour 181 – Riding with Stephen Roche in the Tour of Ireland

Epilogue. 209 – What happened afterwards

Biographies. 213 – All of the top riders

Glossary. 225

Index. 231

About the Author 245

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