| Iljo Keisse|
Team Quick Step
| Jong Vlaanderen 2016|
| 21 December 1982 (age 33)
Ghent, Belgium (1982-12-21) |
Classics rider (road)
Chocolade Jacques–T Interim
Iljo Keisse Wikipedia
Iljo Keisse (born 21 December 1982) is a Belgian racing cyclist, who competes for the Quick-Step Floors team. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
DNF = Did not finish; - = Did not compete; N/A = No race or race canceled