Iljo has close ties to the track, especially the one in Ghent, the city where he was born and where he has already won the Six Days six times. In recent years, Iljo, who is married to An-Sofie and father to Jules and René, has also proven to be an outstanding rider on the road, a discipline to which he has now dedicated himself almost entirely with the exception of the occasional winning foray onto the track.
A world class domestique and a cyclist you can rely on every single time, Iljo is always bringing his contribution to many important victories of the team, and is expected to be once again a key team player next season, giving his support – significant in both quality and quantity – to the team, but without neglecting to seek victory for himself if the occasion presents itself. As in 2012 when he won an unforgettable stage of the Tour of Turkey and in 2015 when he won the final stage in the Giro d’Italia (“the most beautiful victory of my career”).
UCI Ranking: 275
#Top-10 positions: 3
Race distance covered: 7008 km
Days of racing: 46 days