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 34)
Ghent, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current team Quick-Step Floors
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Rider type Madison (track)
Classics rider (road)
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]
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2015)

Iljo Keisse (born 21 December 1982) is a Belgian racing cyclist, who competes for the Quick-Step Floors team.[2] Keisse races on the track and on the road, specializing himself until recently in riding six-day races. He notably has won the Six Days of Ghent six times and reached the podium a total of 11 times.[3]

Biography[edit]

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] In the Giro d'Italia, Keisse won the last stage in Milan, upsetting the sprinters' plans. He got clear with Orica–GreenEDGE's Luke Durbridge and outsprinted him for the victory.[13]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

Road[edit]

2005
9th Halle–Ingooigem
2006
6th Overall Tour of Britain
9th Overall Tour de Wallonie
2007
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
7th Halle–Ingooigem
8th Omloop van het Waasland
2008
4th GP Briek Schotte
2011
5th GP Herning
10th Dutch Food Valley Classic
2012
1st Stage 7 Tour of Turkey
2013
3rd Münsterland Giro
2014
1st Châteauroux Classic
2nd GP Briek Schotte
2015
1st Stage 21 Giro d'Italia
1st Ronde van Zeeland
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Czech Cycling Tour
1st Profronde of Deurne
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 5 Vuelta a España

Track[edit]

2004
2nd Six Days of Ghent (with Andreas Beikirch)
2nd Six Days of Fiorenzuola (with Franco Marvulli)
3rd Six-Days of Grenoble (with Wouter Van Mechelen)
2005
1st Gold medal blank.svg Madison (with Matthew Gilmore), UEC European Track Championships
1st Six Days of Fiorenzuola (with Matthew Gilmore)
1st Six-Days of Grenoble (with Matthew Gilmore)
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Matthew Gilmore)
3rd Six Days of Amsterdam (with Matthew Gilmore)
3rd Six Days of Bremen (with Marco Villa)
2006
1st Gold medal blank.svg Derny UEC European Track Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Points race, National Track Championships
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Robert Bartko)
1st Six Days of Hasselt (with Matthew Gilmore)
2nd Six Days of Stuttgart (with Robert Bartko & Leif Lampater)
2nd Six Days of Zurich (with Robert Bartko)
2nd Six Days of Rotterdam (with Matthew Gilmore)
2nd Six Days of Munich (with Franco Marvulli)
2007
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Robert Bartko)
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Robert Bartko)
1st Six Days of Amsterdam (with Robert Bartko)
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Points race, UCI Track World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Derny, UEC European Track Championships
2nd Six Days of Maastricht (with Marco Villa)
2nd Six Days of Zürich (with Robert Bartko)
2nd Six Days of Munich (with Franco Marvulli)
2nd Six Days of Hasselt (with Marco Villa)
3rd Six Days of Bremen (with Robert Bartko)
2008
National Track Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Points race
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Madison (with Kenny De Ketele)
1st Gold medal blank.svg Madison (with Kenny De Ketele), UEC European Track Championships
1st Six Days of Stuttgart (with Robert Bartko & Leif Lampater)
1st Six Days of Bremen (with Robert Bartko)
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Robert Bartko)
1st Six Days of Munich (with Robert Bartko)
2nd Six Days of Zurich (with Robert Bartko)
2nd Six Days of Hasselt (with Kenny De Ketele)
2nd Six Days of Fiorenzuola (with Franco Marvulli)
3rd Six Days of Amsterdam (with Robert Bartko)
3rd Six Days of Copenhagen (with Danny Stam)
3rd Six Days of Rotterdam (with Robert Bartko)
2009
National Track Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Points race
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Madison (with Kenny De Ketele)
2nd Six Days of Ghent (with Roger Kluge)
3rd Six Days of Grenoble (with Gianni Meersman)
2010
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Peter Schep)
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Danny Stam)
2nd Six Days of Bremen (with Robert Bartko)
2nd Six Days of Copenhagen (with Robert Bartko)
2011
National Track Championships
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Derny
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Madison (with Gert-Jan Van Immerseel)
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG Scratch
1st Gold medal blank.svg Madison (with Kenny De Ketele), UEC European Track Championships
1st Six Days of Amsterdam (with Niki Terpstra)
1st Six Days of Grenoble (with Morgan Kneisky)
1st Six Days of Zurich (with Franco Marvulli)
2012
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Glenn O'Shea)
1st Six Days of Grenoble (with Kenny De Ketele)
1st Six Days of Copenhagen (with Marc Hester)
2nd Six Days of Amsterdam (with Niki Terpstra)
3rd Six Days of Bremen (with Leif Lampater)
3rd Six Days of Berlin (with Kenny De Ketele)
2013
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Niki Terpstra)
1st Six Days of Zurich (with Silvan Dillier)
1st Six Days of Grenoble (with Jasper De Buyst)
2nd Six Days of Ghent (with Wim Stroetinga)
2014
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)
2015
1st Six Days of Ghent (with Michael Mørkøv)
1st Six Days of Rotterdam (with Niki Terpstra)
1st Revolution Round 2 (with Andy Tennant)
1st Revolution Round 3 (with Wim Stroetinga)
1st Points Race
1st Team Elimination
3rd Six Days of London (with Gijs Van Hoecke)
2016
2nd Overall Revolution Champions League
3rd Six Days of Ghent (with Elia Viviani)
2017
1st Six Days of Bremen (with Marcel Kalz)

Six Days results timeline[edit]

Year Six Days of Amsterdam[14] Six Days of Bremen[15] Six Days of Ghent[16] Six Days of Grenoble[17] Six Days of Rotterdam[18] Six Days of Zurich[19]
2004 10th - 2nd 3rd N/A N/A
2005 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 4th N/A
2006 4th 4th N/A - 2nd 2nd
2007 1st 3rd 1st - 1st 2nd
2008 3rd 1st 1st - 3rd -
2009 4th - 2nd 3rd - -
2010 - 2nd 1st - 1st 4th
2011 1st - - 1st - 1st
2012 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 4th -
2013 - - 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
2014 - - 2nd - 1st 1st
2015 - - 1st N/A 1st N/A
2016 - - 3rd N/A - N/A
2017 1st -

DNF = Did not finish; - = Did not compete; N/A = No race or race canceled

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro 159 139 145
Yellow jersey Tour 139
red jersey Vuelta 148

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

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. ^ "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. ^ "Alberto Contador wins Giro d'Italia overall". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "6 Jours d'Amsterdam". memoire-du-cyclisme.eu. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "6 Jours de Bremen". memoire-du-cyclisme.eu. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "6 Jours de Gent". memoire-du-cyclisme.eu. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "6 Jours de Grenoble". memoire-du-cyclisme.eu. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "6 Jours de Rotterdam". memoire-du-cyclisme.eu. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "6 Jours de Zurich". memoire-du-cyclisme.eu. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 

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