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Keisse to join De Ketele for World Cup Madison

Richard Tyler
December 09, 2009, 16:16 GMT,
December 09, 2009, 16:40 GMT
Track Cycling News, Friday, December 11, 2009
De Ketele is congratulated by Keisse after the derny race

De Ketele is congratulated by Keisse after the derny race

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Quick Step's newest recruit to target Track Worlds selection in Colombia

New Quick Step signing Iljo Keisse will compete in a busy schedule of events at the third round of the International Cycling Union's (UCI) track World Cup this week in Cali, Colombia.

Het Nieuwsblad reports that the 26-year-old Belgian will return to World Cup competition for the first time since the Manchester round of the series in 2008, and will compete in the points race, Madison and team pursuit. He has made the journey to South America in order to qualify for next year's track World Championships, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in March.

Keisse will join Kenny De Ketele for the Madison, reuniting the pair that finished fourth in the same event at last year's Beijing Olympics. The duo will then combine with Steve Schets and Ingmare De Poortere for the team pursuit.

Schets is scheduled to also compete in the scratch race, while De Poortere will race the 4000 metre individual pursuit.

Keisse's presence at the World Cup will means he will miss this week's Quick Step training camp in Calpe, Spain. He confirmed a one-year contract with the ProTour team on Monday and has planned to compete in the Track World Championships before racing with the Belgian squad on the road from March onwards.

Keisse's first event in Colombia will be the points race on Thursday. Headed into the third of four World Cup rounds, Belgium currently sit 15th on the overall team standings.

Track World Cup overall standings after the second round
1 Australia 210 pts
2 Great Britain 199  
3 Germany 189  
4 Netherlands 131  
5 China 103  
6 New Zealand 94  
7 Team Jayco 92  
8 Team Sky + Hd 81  
9 Russia 77  
10 Ukraine 69  
11 Poland 61  
12 Spain 59  
13 Italy 54  
14 France 52  
15 Belgium 46  
16 Lithuania 45  
17 Greece 35  
18 Cofidis 32  
19 Czech Republic 30  
20 Denmark 28  
21 Japan 27  
22 Belarus 25  
23 United States 24  
24 Hong Kong 16  
25 Switzerland 16  
26 Korea 15  
27 Hong Kong Pro Cycling 14  
28 Malaysia 14  
29 Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Azzurre 11  
30 Bike Technologies Australia 10  
31 Cuba 10  
32 Rodin 10  
33 Alks Stal Grudziaduz 10  
34 Katyusha 9  
35 Lokomotiv 9  
36 Proman Racing Team 8  
37 Verducci Breakaway 8  
38 Austria 8  
39 Moscow Track Team 7  
40 Ireland 7  
41 Verducci Breakaway 7  
42 Argentina 6  
43 Us Creteil 4  
44 Mexico 3  
45 Grace Institute 3  
46 Chinese Taipei 1  

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