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Irish cycling team Aqua Blue Sport victim of arson attack

Fledgling team’s bus destroyed outside Almeria hotel during maiden Vuelta a España.

Irish cycling team Aqua Blue Sport have been victim of an arson attack at the Vuelta a España - writes irishtimes.

The team’s bus was set on fire outside the Tryp Indalo Hotel in Almeria, where the team were staying on Wednesday night.

A team statement read: “At approximately 1.20am on 31st August, 2017 the Aqua Blue Sport Team Bus was completely gutted in a cowardly arson attack.

“The incident happened outside the Tryp Indalo Hotel in Almeria where the team were staying over night. The bus was parked on an adjoining street of Trevesia de San Luis.

“A mattress was placed under the rear of the vehicle and set alight.

“A suspect was arrested by local police near the scene and is currently in custody.

“As this is an active investigation we will not be releasing any further information.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the Fire Service and the Police for their help during this difficult time. We would also like to thank Unipublic and ASO for their assistance.”

Aqua Sport Blue - owned by Corkman Rick Delaney - are competing in their first Grand Tour after receiving a wildcard for the Vuelta in their maiden season.

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