Aqua Blue Sport team folds

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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

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