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by Mark Zalewski
January 10, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UK Anti-Doping chairman vows to find out contents of Wiggins’ medical package; Lieuwe Westra announces retirement; Alex Peters to step back from joining Team Sky; Étoile de Bessèges suffering from financial shortfall; Niels Albert: van Aert has plenty of time to left to win; Aqua Blue Sport to donate portion of prize money to Emerald Fund; Nys says no pressure on son following national championship; Possible 2018 UCI Road Worlds course leaked; Isle of Man picked to host 2017 British Road Championships; 2017 US National cyclocross championships highlights.
Ireland’s new UCI ProContinental team, Aqua Blue Sport, will donate a portion of its prize money to the Emerald Fund, a programme which offers financial support to young Irish cyclists competing abroad.
Aqua Blue owner Rick Delaney, General Manager Stephen Moore and Head of Performance Leigh Bryan.
“It is a goal of Aqua Blue Sport to encourage and inspire the next generation of Irish cyclists and it’s important for Irish cycling that we have more Irish riders competing at an international level,” team owner Rick Delaney told Sticky Bottle.
“Aqua Blue Sport is delighted to contribute 5 per cent of its prize money for the 2017 racing season to the Emerald Fund, and we are additionally proud to continue our support of the Irish domestic racing scene through our ongoing support of the amateur Aqua Blue Sport Academy team.”
The team is hitting the ground running, entering the ranks on the second division ProContinental level, instead of starting as a Continental outfit.
It also signed some big names including current British National Road Race champion Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) was joining those already announced, along with former BMC Racing Team and IAM Cycling rider Larry Warbasse.
Click through to read more at Sticky Bottle.