Aqua Blue Sport team folds
Team Aqua Blue Sport will not continue into the 2019 season, leaving a roster of 16 riders, including Brit Adam Blythe, and staff, searching for work.
The Irish Professional Continental team announced on Monday that it would end after only two seasons.
“We started this project over two years ago with huge ambition, gusto and optimism,” read the team’s statement. “This year we have found it increasingly difficult to obtain race invitations and recognition from race organisers.”
The team’s roster includes four Brits: Adam Blythe, Mark Christian, Andrew Fenn and Daniel Pearson.
“Hopefully there will be options, but it is late and teams are filling up,” former US champion Larry Warbasse told Cycling Weekly.
The riders heard the news only this Monday. They knew the team’s owner, Rick Delaney, had been working on a fusion with Nick Nuyens’s Veranda’s Willems-crelan team with star Belgian Wout Van Aert. That never materialised.
“Aqua Blue Sport cycling team have been negotiating tirelessly with another Pro Continental team regarding an acquisition/ partnership,” read the statement, adding: “over the past weeks we had formed the basis of an agreement many times, but unfortunately common sense did not prevail.”
Delaney started the team with a unique model to fund the team with a sports equipment website similar to Amazon — that business continues.
Blythe’s team is set to fold