Iljo Keisse

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Iljo Keisse
Iljo Keisse - Six jours de Grenoble 2011 (cropped).jpg
Keisse at the 2011 Six Days of Grenoble
Personal information
Full name Iljo Keisse
Nickname Jolly Jumper
Born (1982-12-21) 21 December 1982 (age 31)
Ghent, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
2004 Jong Vlaanderen 2016
Professional team(s)
2005–2008
2009
2010–
Chocolade Jacques-T Interim
John Saey-Deschacht-Huyandai
Quick Step[1]
Infobox last updated on
7 January 2014

Iljo Keisse (born 21 December 1982 in Ghent) is a Belgian racing cyclist, who competes for the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team.[2] Keisse races on the track and on the road, specializing himself until recenlty in riding Six-day races. He notably won the Six Days of Ghent five times.[3]

Biography[edit]

Together with his teammate Matthew Gilmore, he won three Six-day races in 2005–2006: Grenoble, Ghent and Hasselt. After his victory in the 2008 Six Days of Ghent, both his A and B samples tested positive for cathine and a diuretic which has been used to mask the presence of doping agents. He was fired by his team Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator on 11 January 2009.[4] He joined the John Saey-Deschacht-Hyundai team in May 2009.[5]

On 2 November 2009, Keisse was cleared of any wrongdoing, with investigators finding that the positives were not the result of intentional doping and likely resulted from a contaminated dietary supplement.[6] On 7 July 2010, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency and reinstated Keisse's ban. He is credited for the 11 months he already sat out, meaning he was eligible to return to competition in August 2011.[7] In November, the CAS' decision was overturned by the Belgian Court of Appeals, allowing Keisse to ride the 2010 Six Days of Ghent.[8] Keisse remained banned in Belgium until 27 January 2012, but re-signed with Omega Pharma-Quick Step for the 2012 season.[9]

On 28 April 2012, Keisse won Stage 7 of the Tour of Turkey in dramatic fashion: after crashing on the final turn he had to put his chain back on before sprinting for the line just ahead of the chasing peloton. The first chasers were given the same time as his.[10]

Major results[edit]

Track[edit]

2004
11th, Summer Olympics – Men's Madison
2005
1st Six-Days of Fiorenzuola d'Arda (with Matthew Gilmore)
1st Six-Days of Grenoble (with Matthew Gilmore)
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Matthew Gilmore)
1st UEC European Track Championships – Men's Madison (with Matthew Gilmore)
2006
1st Six-Days of Hasselt (with Matthew Gilmore)
1st UEC European Track Championships – Men's Derny
2007
2nd UEC European Track Championships – Men's Derny
2nd 2007 UCI Track Cycling World Championships - Men's Points Race
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Robert Bartko)
2nd Six Days of Maastricht (with Marco Villa)
2nd Six Days of Zürich (with Robert Bartko)
2nd Six Days of Munich (with Franco Marvulli)
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Robert Bartko)
1st Six Days of Amsterdam (with Robert Bartko)
2008
1st Six Days of Stuttgart (with Robert Bartko & Leif Lampater)
1st Six Days of Bremen (with Robert Bartko)
2nd Six Days of Zurich (with Robert Bartko)
3rd Six Days of Rotterdam (with Robert Bartko)
Summer Olympics
4th Madison (with Kenny De Ketele)
8th Points race
2012
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Glenn O'Shea)
2013
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Niki Terpstra)
1st Six Days of Zurich (with Silvan Dillier)
National Track Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Madison (with Jasper De Buyst)
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Scratch
2014
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Niki Terpstra)
1st Six Days of Zurich (with Mark Cavendish)
2nd Six days of Ghent (with Mark Cavendish)[11]

Road racing[edit]

2006
6th Overall Tour of Britain
9th Overall Tour de Wallonie
2007
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
2008
4th GP Briek Schotte
2011
10th Dutch Food Valley Classic
2012
1st Stage 7 Tour of Turkey
2013
3rd Münsterland Giro
2014
1st Châteauroux Classic
2nd GP Briek Schotte

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susan Westemeyer (6 December 2009). "Keisse signs with Quick Step". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team (OPQ) - BEL". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Keisse wins Gent Six for fifth time". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 25 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Track Cyclist Iljo Keisse Fired for Doping Scandal SI.com, 11 January 2009
  5. ^ http://www.keisse-gilmore.be/news.html
  6. ^ Ben Atkins (2 November 2008). "Keisse acquitted and cleared for Gent Six". VeloNation. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  7. ^ http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/4796/Quick-Steps-Iljo-Keisse-has-two-year-ban-reinstated-by-CAS-following-WADA-appeal.aspx
  8. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/keisse-free-to-race-gent-six-day-after-doping-suspension-suspended
  9. ^ "Keisse to Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2012". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 27 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Keisse wins dramatic stage 7 at Tour of Turkey". cyclingnews.com. 28 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "De Buyst and De Ketele win overall in Gent". cyclingnews.com. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 

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