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by Shane Stokes
December 15, 2017
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Three days after it was provisionally passed over for a Pro Continental licence by the UCI, the Aqua Blue Sport team has received good news from the governing body.
“In accordance with the UCI Regulations and following a full review of the registration file, including all criteria for attribution (ethical, financial and administrative), team Aqua Blue Sport (ABS – IRL) has been awarded the status of UCI Professional Continental Team,” said the UCI on Thursday.
The squad was the sole team from the WorldTour and Pro Continental ranks to miss out on a licence earlier this week. Following that decision, the Irish squad said that was confident of making the cut. “Aqua Blue Sport continue to work closely with the Licence Commission to ensure all criteria for attribution are fulfilled according to UCI Regulations,” it said then.
“At the request of the UCI, Aqua Blue Sport will be submitting additional documentation to support the team’s application for registration and are confident of a resolution in the coming days. The team anticipates the timely conclusion of this process and until that conclusion is reached, will be making no further comment.”
The squad made its debut in 2017 and won stages in the Tour de Suisse and the Vuelta a Espana, as well as the overall classification in the Tour of Austria. Larry Warbasse also became the US national road race champion.