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by Shane Stokes
August 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Vuillermoz wins stage 2 of the Tour du Limousin; Kittel signs two-year contract with Katusha-Alpecin; Viviani to race for QuickStep Floors until end of 2019; Dimension Data confirms Vuelta lineup, Morton to make his debut; Warbasse, Denifl and Blythe lead Aqua Blue Sport in team’s first Vuelta; Molly Weaver moves to Drops Cycling; Olympic champion Rissveds to miss MTB worlds due to sponsorship clash with national federation; Team Sky unveils new ‘Race Hub’ for Vuelta a España; Video: Don’t try this at home part I; Video: Don’t try this at home part II
US national road race champion and Tour de Suisse stage winner Larry Warbasse plus Tour of Austria victor Stefan Denifl have been confirmed for Aqua Blue Sport’s squad for its first Grand Tour, while Adam Blythe will represent the team’s sprint hopes in the race.
The Irish team announced the selection on Wednesday, saying that the trio will be joined by Mark Christian, Aaron Gate, Peter Koning, Michel Kreder, Lasse Norman Hansen and Conor Dunne. “All of us here at Aqua Blue Sport, in the competitive side and in the eCommerce venture at www.aquabluesport.com are all incredibly excited to be part of this fantastic event,” said the team owner Rick Delaney.
“We dreamed at the start of the year that we would get a start at a Grand Tour. To think that has come to fruition is extraordinary. The team we are sending is a very strong, solid team with riders who can compete on all terrain. We are looking forward to see Aqua Blue Sport out on the roads and who knows, we might just pull off the ultimate dream – a stage win. Watch this space.”
The team has made a strong debut this year, taking on much bigger squads in prestigious races and gaining wildcard selection to the Vuelta. It will be the first-ever Irish team to compete in a Grand Tour and is targeting a Tour de France start plus WorldTour status within the next two to three seasons.