Weight: 72 kg
Pro since: 2005
Style of rider: Pistard
Hobbies: Sleeping, shopping, music,
My favourite race: Six Days of Gent, Paris-Roubaix-
Personal website: www.iljokeisse.be
Twitter name: @Iljokeisse
When you think of Iljo you immediately think of the track, especially the one in Gent, where for the fourth time last November he won the six-day race. But in 2012, Iljo proved to be a great rider on the road as well. At the beginning of the season he fulfilled his dream of riding Paris-Roubaix, the race he loves the most, and a few weeks later he starred in a spectacular and unforgettable victory after a mechanical glitch in the Tour of Turkey, where he showed remarkable self-control in fixing the problem and winning the race a few meters ahead of the group — definite poise under pressure. He married An-Sofie on December 21 and is father to Jules. In 2013 Iljo will concentrate exclusively on road racing to "get a better idea of how far I can go."
Six days of Gent, Grenoble and Fiorenzuola d`Arda, European champion madison (together with Matthew Gilmore), World Cup Madison Moscow (together with Matthew Gilmore) Mere and Aalter.
Six days of Gent and Hasselt, European track champion derny and National track champion points race.
Six days of Gent, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, National track champion madison (together with Kenny de Ketele), National track champion points race, Vichte and Reningelst.
Six days of Gent, Munich, Stuttgart and Bremen, National and European track champion madison (together with Kenny de Ketele), National track champion points race, Vichte, Wetteren and Waregem.
Deinze, Sleidinge, Massemen, Beveren-Leie, Oordegem, Oosterzele, Rotterdam, Evergem-Belzele, Zomergem, Lede, Wachtebeke and Destelbergen.
Six days of Rotterdam (with Danny Stam), Six days of Gent (with Peter Schep) and National track champion derny.
Six days of Amsterdam (with Niki Terpstra), European track champion madison (with Kenny de Ketele), Six days of Grenoble (with Morgan Kneisky) and Six days of Zurich (with Franco Marvulli)
Six Days Copenhagen (with Marc Hester), 7th Stage Tour of Turkey, 4 Days Grenoble (Kenny de Ketele) and Six Days of Gent (with Glenn O`Shea).
Six days of Rotterdam (+ Niki Terpstra)
2005: Chocolade Jacques - T Interim
2006: Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
2007: Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
2008: Topsport Vlaanderen
2009: Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator (till 12-01)
2009: John Saey - Mega Deschacht (rest of 2009)
2010: Team Quick Step
2011: Quick-Step Cycling Team
2012: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team came just meters away from a victory at 110km Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday, as Julien Vermote tried his best to stay away solo, but the elements and a well organized pursuit foiled his plans. Iljo Keisse finished 4th in the highly successful South African cycling event, which attracts 35,000 riders every year. Kristof Vandewalle, Keisse, and Vermote all raced the event, and the OPQS Board also partcipated.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team happily returns as participants in the 36th Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, set to take place on March 10th in Cape Town, South Africa. This year, OPQS brings an additional rider to not only enjoy the experience of "the Argus," but to also try and get a good result. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour attracts 35,000 two-wheel enthusiasts to Cape Town every year. Over the past 36 years, the Cycle Tour has emerged as one of the greatest cycling events on the planet, thanks to perfect organization and a 110-kilometre route that passes through fascinating places. This year, riders will ride along the False Bay Coast, past the Cape of Good Hope, and will also feature beautiful views of the Atlantic Coast on the way to the finish.
Omega Pharma -Quick-Step Cycling Team put on a show in Middelkerke at the 7km Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen Prologue on Friday, as Belgian National TT Champion Kristof Vandewalle won with a time of 8'09", and his teammates were not very far behind.