In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jules wins Tour de la Provence opener; Cycling Australia appoints former Victorian premier Steve Bracks to head board; One step at a time: Teenage phenom Adrien Costa looks to build on breakthrough season; Stig Broeckx continuing to make progress in recovery; Hearing delayed for doctor at centre of UK Anti-Doping investigation; Boardman: Froome is a statesman of the sport; Liège-Bastogne-Liège announces wildcard teams, route changes; First year team Aqua Blue Sport racking up wildcard invites; Pay to watch cycling from the roadside?; Emirates joins as sponsor of Team UAE Abu Dhabi; NASCAR champions ride for cyclist safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Marianne Vos; Space Horse Disc – Loaded Touring.
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The first year Irish UCI ProContinental team, Aqua Blue Sport, has already landed some impressive wildcard invites this year — most recently to the oldest Monument Liège-Bastogne-Liège, as well as La Fleche Wallonne.
“I want to thank the ASO for giving us this opportunity to take part in these events,” said team owner and found Rick Delaney. “All of us with Aqua Blue Sport, the riders and staff, are honoured and humbled that we would be considered by ASO to be invited to take part.
“This weekend we line up at Omloop Het Niuewsblad and we hope to bring our attacking style to this event.
“The season has only just begun for us and we are going to continue to give our fans plenty to cheer about in the coming months.”
While the team is still searching for its first victory, it has been quite active in all of the races it has entered, with riders routinely in the breakaways. It had three podiums and a most aggressive award at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.