Aqua Blue Sport will not race in 2019

Larry Warbasse of Aqua Blue Sport at the Vuelta a Burgos

Larry Warbasse of Aqua Blue Sport at the Vuelta a Burgos (Image credit: Team Aqua Blue Sport)

The Aqua Blue Sport team have said they will fold at the end of the season, citing difficulties in obtaining invitations from race organisers and a failed merger with the Veranda's Willems Crelan team. The Irish squad issued an announcement on Monday morning saying their "on road ambitions" had come to an "unfortunate end" but that they will continue to grow the Aqua Blue Sport online shop in a bid to return to the peloton "some time in the future".

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.