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Aqua Blue Sport will ride Ridley in 2017

Aqua Blue Sport will ride Ridley in 2017
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A shamrock on the top tube is a hint to the team's heritage

A shamrock on the top tube is a hint to the team's heritage
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Martyn Irvine's bike

Martyn Irvine's bike
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Ridley's sister company 4ZA will provide components such as stems

Ridley's sister company 4ZA will provide components such as stems
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Fizik bar tape and Shimano Dura Ace Di2 groupset

Fizik bar tape and Shimano Dura Ace Di2 groupset
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Giro will provide the team with helmets

Giro will provide the team with helmets
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Aqua Blue Sport will use SRM

Aqua Blue Sport will use SRM
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The team's Ridley Noah SL

The team's Ridley Noah SL
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The team's new bikes match their kits

The team's new bikes match their kits
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The team will use Schwalbe Pro One tyres

The team will use Schwalbe Pro One tyres
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Ridley signed a two-year deal with the team

Ridley signed a two-year deal with the team
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A front-on look of the Aqua Blue Sport bike for 2017

A front-on look of the Aqua Blue Sport bike for 2017
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The bike is fitted with Shimano Ultegra Dura Ace Di2

The bike is fitted with Shimano Ultegra Dura Ace Di2
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The team bike is kitted with look pedals

The team bike is kitted with look pedals
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Gold accents on the inside of the forks

Gold accents on the inside of the forks
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Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages

Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages
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The team is set to use Knight clincher wheels in 35mm, 65mm and 95mm depths

The team is set to use Knight clincher wheels in 35mm, 65mm and 95mm depths
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A golden shamrock on the Aviee SR5 hub

A golden shamrock on the Aviee SR5 hub
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Fizik will supply the team with saddles

Fizik will supply the team with saddles
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Flashes of gold adorn the bikes

Flashes of gold adorn the bikes
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Aqua Blue Sport, the new Irish Pro Continental squad, will ride Ridley Bikes from 2017 after signing a two-year deal with the Belgian manufacturer.

The team also confirmed that they will use finishing kit from Ridley’s sister company 4ZA, Shimano Dura Ace Di2 groupsets, Fizik saddles, Look pedals, and SRM power metres.

The main bike for the Aqua Blue Sport team will be the Ridley Noah SL, but the team notes that Stefan Denifl has taken the climber’s Helium SLX as his model of choice. The team will also use the time trial model, the Dean Fast.

“We are hugely excited to announce this two-year partnership with Ridley bikes and honoured to be working with a brand that has spent almost 20 years at the forefront of innovation while staying resolutely true to its roots," said Stephen Moore, the team's general manager.

"The Ridley Noah SL, Helium SLX and Dean Fast represent a unique blend – marrying cutting-edge technology and the latest developments in carbon fibre and aerodynamics with the hard-earned experience of professional racing.”

Ridley already sponsors WorldTour squad Lotto-Soudal and recently secured a five-year deal with Marianne Vos’ WM3 Pro Cycling. Aqua Blue Sport is set to be the first fully fledged Irish Pro Continental team, although there have been a number of teams previously registered in Ireland, including Utensilnord-Named and Colnago-CSF Bardiani.

Aqua Blue Sport unveiled their kit for 2017 earlier this month - to take a look at it, click here