Keisse at the 2011 Six Days of Grenoble
|Full name||Iljo Keisse|
21 December 1982 |
|Current team||Omega Pharma-Quick Step|
|Discipline||Track and road|
|2004||Jong Vlaanderen 2016|
|Chocolade Jacques-T Interim
|Infobox last updated on
23 January 2013
Iljo Keisse (born 21 December 1982 in Ghent) is a Belgian racing cyclist. He rode part of the 2010 season for UCI ProTour team Quick Step and is currently racing for them. Keisse races on the track and on the road, specializing himself in winning Six-day races. He notably won the Six Days of Ghent five times.
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. He joined the John Saey-Deschacht-Hyundai team in May 2009.
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. 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. In November, the CAS' decision was overturned by the Belgian Court of Appeals, allowing Keisse to ride the 2010 Six Days of Ghent. Keisse remained banned in Belgium until 27 January 2012, but re-signed with Omega Pharma-Quick Step for the 2012 season.
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.
- 6th overall, Tour of Britain
- 2nd (Silver Medal), European Track Championships – Men's Derny
- 2nd (Silver Medal), UCI Track Cycling World Championships – Men's Points Race
- 1st (with Robert Bartko), Six Days of Rotterdam
- 2nd (with Marco Villa), Six Days of Maastricht
- 2nd (with Robert Bartko), Six Days of Zürich
- 2nd (with Franco Marvulli), Six Days of Munich
- 1st (with Robert Bartko), Six Days of Ghent
- 1st (with Robert Bartko), Six Days of Amsterdam
- 1st (with Robert Bartko & Leif Lampater), Six Days of Stuttgart
- 1st (with Robert Bartko), Six Days of Bremen
- 2nd (with Robert Bartko), Six Days of Zurich
- 3rd (with Robert Bartko), Six Days of Rotterdam
- 8th 2008 Summer Olympic Games – Points Race
- 4th (with Kenny De Ketele), 2008 Summer Olympic Games – Madison
- 10th Dutch Food Valley Classic
- Susan Westemeyer (6 December 2009). "Keisse signs with Quick Step". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- "Keisse wins Gent Six for fifth time". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 25 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- Track Cyclist Iljo Keisse Fired for Doping Scandal SI.com, 11 January 2009
- Ben Atkins (2 November 2008). "Keisse acquitted and cleared for Gent Six". VeloNation. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- "Keisse to Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2012". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 27 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
- "Keisse wins dramatic stage 7 at Tour of Turkey". cyclingnews.com. 28 April 2012.
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