Irish Aqua Blue team invited to cycling classics

They will be part of the Liege Bastogne Liege and La Fleche Wallonne.

Irish Aqua Blue team invited to cycling classics

Photo by Karen M Edwards

Irish pro cycling team Aqua Blue Sport has been invited to compete in two classics in Belgium this April.

The team will be part of the Liege Bastogne Liege and La Fleche Wallonne races.

Liege Bastogne Liege is one of cycling’s five European 'Monuments' and is often seen as the last race in the spring classics segment of the season.

Known affectionately as La Doyenne (The Old Lady), the race was first held in 1892 at an amateur level before turning professional two years later.

Aqua Blue team owner Rick Delaney spoke of his delight at the invites.

"I want to thank the ASO for giving us this opportunity to take part in these events. All of us with Aqua Blue Sport, the riders and staff, are honoured and humbled that we would be considered by ASO to be invited to take part," said Delaney.

"This weekend we line out at Omloop Het Niuewsblad and we hope to bring our attacking style to this event.

"The season has only just begun for us and we are going to continue to give our fans plenty to cheer about in the coming months."

Speaking to Newstalk in December, Aqua Blue's long term intention is to compete at the sport's most prestigious Grand Tour, the Tour de France.

They registered with the Union de Cycliste Internationale in 2017 and have 16 riders in their squad.