Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Iljo Keisse: More Than Just A Victory
For many a rider at the top level of the sport, a stage win in the Tour of Turkey wouldn't be too much to write home about in the grand scheme of things but when Iljo Keisse calmly recovered from his dropped chain to take a stunning victory on stage 7 of this years race it was a moment so special in his career that he will remember it for the rest of his life. When I was screaming at my television for Keisse to get back on his bike and win, I new nothing of the man, I was screaming purely at the joy of watching this dramatic race unfold. Had I been aware of Keisse and his past I would have savoured the moment the Belgian born rider had crossed the line even more. Why? Because until this point Iljo Keisse has led what can only be described as a tragic life marred by an unbelievable set of circumstances. The following article first appeared in the December issue of Pro-Cycling, I missed it at the time, but since Keisse took victory in Turkey the article has done the rounds again and I am so glad. It's probably the best, yet saddest article on cycling I have ever had the pleasure to read. The story of a career blown apart by Rumour, Doping Claims, The UCI and Death can be found here. Please take the time to read it.