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by Shane Stokes
September 1, 2017
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The Aqua Blue Sport team has had a setback to its first-ever Grand Tour campaign, with an arsonist setting fire to the team bus overnight in Almeria.
Images released on social media on Thursday morning showed the damaged vehicle, which was partially destroyed by the blaze. It had been bought from the Tinkoff team at the end of last season and readied for Aqua Blue Sport’s debut year.
The team subsequently issued a short press statement with more details. “At approximately 1.20am on 31st August, 2017 the Aqua Blue Sport Team Bus was completely gutted in a cowardly arson attack,” it said. “The incident happened outside the Tryp Indalo Hotel in Almeria where the team were staying over night. The bus was parked on an adjoining street of Trevesia de San Luis.
“A mattress was placed under the rear of the vehicle and set alight. A suspect was arrested by local police near the scene and is currently in custody. As this is an active investigation we will not be releasing any further information. We would like to extend our gratitude to the Fire Service and the Police for their help during this difficult time. We would also like to thank Unipublic and ASO for their assistance.”
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