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by Shane Stokes
August 26, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mohoric soloes to victory on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España; Sarreau takes final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen wins overall; Bernal wins stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir, seizes race lead; Kreuziger wins the inaugural PRO Ötztaler 5500; Warbasse, Kudus out of Vuelta a España after high-speed crash; Porte and Hermans back training after race crashes; Vuelta a Burgos runner-up Mas extends with QuickStep Floors; Aqua Blue Sport owner on Tour de France aims: ‘We are lobbying very hard’; Video: Orica-Scott’s All For One gets thumbs up
With his team currently riding its first Grand Tour, Aqua Blue Sport founder and owner Rick Delaney has looked further down the road and spoken about the future of the squad. Talking to CyclingTips in recent days, the Irishman has said the team is lobbying hard for the Tour de France, and wants to do it sooner rather than later.
“Our aim is to be WorldTour by year four,” he said, referring to 2020. “A Grand Tour was targeted for year two, and that has already happened in the first seven months. Our dream was obviously to do our first Grand Tour, but thereafter to try to do the pinnacle, which is the Tour de France. If that means we will have to become a WorldTour to get that, then I suppose that is what we have to do. But if we got a wildcard in the coming years, that would be pretty spectacular. And it is not impossible.”
Asked if there was a chance that the team might do the Tour de France as early as next year, Delaney wasn’t ruling it out. “I think anything is possible. I think we have proved that,” he said. “I think the answer to that question is that I genuinely don’t know. Obviously we are lobbying very hard. The ASO like us, race organisers like us.
“I think if we keep going what we are going, I certainly think we are going to be around the shortlist…”
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