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 32)
Ghent, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team Etixx-Quick Step
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
2004 Jong Vlaanderen 2016
Professional team(s)
2005–2008 Chocolade Jacques-T Interim
2009 John Saey-Deschacht-Huyandai
2010– Quick Step[1]
Infobox last updated on
6 January 2015

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


Keisse was born in Ghent. 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] This was the first professional win of his career and his last for over two years. His next victory was in the Châteauroux Classic in August 2014.[11] Another win came in 2015, at the Ronde Van Zeeland Seaports; he won this race from a group of three Etixx-Quick Step riders who had escaped earlier.[12]

Major results[edit]


11th, Summer Olympics – Men's Madison
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)
1st Six-Days of Hasselt (with Matthew Gilmore)
1st UEC European Track Championships – Men's Derny
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)
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
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Glenn O'Shea)
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
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Niki Terpstra)
1st Six Days of Zurich (with Mark Cavendish)
2nd Six Days of Ghent (with Mark Cavendish)[13]
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Niki Terpstra)

Road racing[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, 11 January 2009
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  6. ^ Ben Atkins (2 November 2008). "Keisse acquitted and cleared for Gent Six". VeloNation. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
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  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". 28 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Châteauroux Classic de l'Indre Trophée Fenioux - Classic". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Iljo Keisse leads Etixx-Quick-Step sweep at Ronde van Zeeland Seaports". Velonews. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "De Buyst and De Ketele win overall in Gent". Future plc. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 

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