About Aqua Blue Sport
The fruit of a long-term vision to compete on the highest stage of world sport with a team based on a unique, self-sustained funding model, Aqua Blue Sport is Ireland’s first UCI Professional Continental cycling team, launched in January 2017.
Founded by Irishman Rick Delaney, Aqua Blue Sport features a 16-strong rider roster supported by www.aquabluesport.com, a multi-retailer online marketplace for all-things pedal-powered.
I have a dream to be standing and celebrating an Irish-backed team roll down the Champs Elysees after three action packed weeks of the Tour De France. To realise that dream, our adventure begins - Rick Delaney
With a team roster drawn from WorldTour-level riders as well as young, rising professionals, the Aqua Blue Sport squad features sprinting firepower, climbing prowess and proven GC contenders for a strength in depth that is designed to deliver results.
The Aqua Blue Sport riders are supported by a top-tier backroom staff of sporting directors, high-performance coaches and race support personnel. With guaranteed financial backing for four years and rolling two-year contracts for riders, the mission is to create a rewarding team culture with athlete welfare firmly at its heart.
By removing the financial insecurity so often associated with cycling teams, my hope is to create a team environment that will see athletes thrive, and in turn positively impact on performances - Rick Delaney
Having already notched considerable success in its maiden season – including stunning stage wins in the Tour de Suisse for US rider Larry Warbasse and in La Vuelta a España for Austrian Stefan Denifl (who also took overall victory in the 2017 Tour of Austria) – Aqua Blue Sport is firmly on track to achieve its ultimate goals: WorldTour status, participation in the Tour de France and success for www.aquabluesport.com.