Keisse to join De Ketele for World Cup Madison

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
1Australia210pts
2Great Britain199 
3Germany189 
4Netherlands131 
5China103 
6New Zealand94 
7Team Jayco92 
8Team Sky + Hd81 
9Russia77 
10Ukraine69 
11Poland61 
12Spain59 
13Italy54 
14France52 
15Belgium46 
16Lithuania45 
17Greece35 
18Cofidis32 
19Czech Republic30 
20Denmark28 
21Japan27 
22Belarus25 
23United States24 
24Hong Kong16 
25Switzerland16 
26Korea15 
27Hong Kong Pro Cycling14 
28Malaysia14 
29Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Azzurre11 
30Bike Technologies Australia10 
31Cuba10 
32Rodin10 
33Alks Stal Grudziaduz10 
34Katyusha9 
35Lokomotiv9 
36Proman Racing Team8 
37Verducci Breakaway8 
38Austria8 
39Moscow Track Team7 
40Ireland7 
41Verducci Breakaway7 
42Argentina6 
43Us Creteil4 
44Mexico3 
45Grace Institute3 
46Chinese Taipei1 

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