Aqua Blue Sport

Aqua Blue Sport was an Irish UCI Professional Continental cycling team founded in January 2017 which folded at the end of the 2018 season.[3][4]

Aqua Blue Sport
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Team information
UCI codeABS
RegisteredIreland
Founded2017
Disbanded2019
Discipline(s)Road
StatusUCI Professional Continental
BicyclesRidley (2017)[1]
3T (2018)[2]
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerStephen Moore
Team manager(s)
Team name history
2017–2018
Aqua Blue Sport

HistoryEdit

The team was set up by businessman Rick Delaney, assuring funding for at least four seasons with two-year rolling contracts offered to the riders.[4] The project is based on a self-sustaining finance model, with revenue generated from an online cycling marketplace www.aquabluesport.com being used to fund the professional team.[5]

Aqua Blue Sport featured a 16-rider roster[6] for 2017. Having gained considerable success in the early months of its maiden season, Aqua Blue Sport was invited to the 2017 Vuelta a España.[7] Despite losing their team bus to an arson attack, the team continued at the Vuelta. On stage 17 of their first Grand Tour, Stefan Denifl crossed the finish line first, ahead of Alberto Contador at the summit finish of Los Machucos,[8] however his win was later striped after he confessed to blood doping.[9] In its first year, the team won its first individual stage, its first national champion, its first overall at a stage race, and its first stage at a Grand Tour (although the latter two were latter striped as a result of Denifl's doping admission[10]).

On August 27, 2018, the team announced that it would not be racing in 2019, citing difficulties in obtaining race invitations from race organizers and a failed merger with the Vérandas Willems–Crelan team.[11] and ceased racing immediately.

Team rosterEdit

As of 5 January 2018.[12]
Rider Date of birth
  Shane Archbold (NZL) (1989-02-02)2 February 1989 (aged 28)
  Adam Blythe (GBR) (1989-10-01)1 October 1989 (aged 28)
  Matt Brammeier (IRL) (1985-06-07)7 June 1985 (aged 32)
  Mark Christian (GBR) (1990-11-20)20 November 1990 (aged 27)
  Stefan Denifl (AUT) (1987-09-22)22 September 1987 (aged 30)
  Eddie Dunbar (IRL) (1996-09-01)1 September 1996 (aged 21)
  Conor Dunne (IRL) (1992-01-22)22 January 1992 (aged 25)
  Andrew Fenn (GBR) (1990-07-01)1 July 1990 (aged 27)
Rider Date of birth
  Aaron Gate (NZL) (1990-11-26)26 November 1990 (aged 27)
  Lasse Norman Hansen (DNK) (1992-02-11)11 February 1992 (aged 25)
  Peter Koning (NED) (1990-12-03)3 December 1990 (aged 27)
  Michel Kreder (NED) (1987-08-15)15 August 1987 (aged 30)
  Daniel Pearson (GBR) (1994-02-26)26 February 1994 (aged 23)
  Casper Pedersen (DEN) (1996-03-15)15 March 1996 (aged 21)
  Larry Warbasse (USA) (1990-06-28)28 June 1990 (aged 27)
  Calvin Watson (AUS) (1993-01-06)6 January 1993 (aged 24)

Major winsEdit

2017
Stage 4 Tour de Suisse, Larry Warbasse
  United States Road Race Championships, Larry Warbasse
  Overall Tour of Austria, Stefan Denifl
Stage 17 Vuelta a España, Stefan Denifl
2018
Stage 1 Herald Sun Tour, Lasse Norman Hansen
Elfstedenronde, Adam Blythe
  Ireland Road Race Championships, Conor Dunne
Stage 1 Danmark Rundt, Lasse Norman Hansen

National championsEdit

2017
  American Road Race, Larry Warbasse
2018
  Irish Road Race, Conor Dunne

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aqua Blue Sport to ride Ridley bikes in 2017 - Gallery". cyclingnews.com. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ Benson, Daniel; Fletcher, Patrick (30 August 2018). "Rick Delaney has left the group: The story behind the rise and fall of Aqua Blue". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Aqua Blue Sport 2017 season". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Nordhaug, Brammeier, Irvine, Dunne first riders named for Aqua Blue Sport - Cyclingnews.com".
  5. ^ "'Amazon for bikes' site to help new Aqua Blue squad become self-sustained in three years". cyclingweekly.co.uk. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  6. ^ www.aquabluesport.com
  7. ^ "The Team Aqua Blue". wayback machine. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
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  11. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/rick-delaney-has-left-the-group-the-story-behind-the-rise-and-fall-of-aqua-blue/
  12. ^ "2018 rider roster and first races confirmed". Wayback machine. Aqua Blue Sport Limited. 1 January 2018. Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2019.

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