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Re: Team Aqua Blue News
« Reply #60 on: December 13, 2017, 10:08 »
Was I a year too early with my scepticism? Still under review for the 2018 season.
I always thought Delaney's business model of "wine and spirits importer to Ireland" strange, and the team's business model of "eventually, our online marketplace for bike parts will pay the team budget" even stranger.

Is reality catching up with Delaney and his toy? I would hope not, for I found the team an exciting & successful one in its first season.
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    Re: Team Aqua Blue News
    « Reply #61 on: December 13, 2017, 16:35 »
    We will see. That rich man's toy teams are dependent on the rich man being both rich enough and interested enough to keep ploughing money in is intrinsic to the model.

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    Re: Team Aqua Blue News
    « Reply #62 on: December 13, 2017, 17:36 »
    It's worth saying though that it's December, there's no sign of riders being shopped around, the team are announcing a stream of sponsors and equipment partners and they revealed their new kit today. None of this points towards a team that's about to disappear. (Or if they do disappear it would indicate rather extreme irresponsibility).

    My concern about their longevity has always been about the third year forward, basically because I don't think a cycling sales website will earn a PCT budget and Delaney's commitment after the first two years was always phrased a bit more carefully.
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    Re: Team Aqua Blue News
    « Reply #63 on: December 13, 2017, 17:53 »
    It's worth saying though that it's December, there's no sign of riders being shopped around, the team are announcing a stream of sponsors and equipment partners and they revealed their new kit today. None of this points towards a team that's about to disappear. (Or if they do disappear it would indicate rather extreme irresponsibility).
    I agree with this assessment; it's most likely that some inane paperwork hasn't quite gotten to Aigle in its original, triplicate form yet.
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    Re: Team Aqua Blue News
    « Reply #64 on: December 14, 2017, 19:45 »
    Scepticism packed away.

    http://www.procycling.no/innvilget-lisens-aqua-blue-sport/

    They have their PCT status for 2018. :)
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    Re: Team Aqua Blue News
    « Reply #65 on: December 14, 2017, 21:25 »
    They have their PCT status for 2018. :)
    Must have been the myriad of shamrocks they now have on their sleeves that brought them good luck.
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    Re: Team Aqua Blue News
    « Reply #66 on: January 20, 2018, 17:53 »
    The wildcard situation is looking a bit concerning. No invites at all so far. They seem to be running into two problems: (1) there’s been a strengthening of the PCT division, including in the traditional cycling countries where race organisers are based. (2) Of the ambitious teams from outside the traditional countries, like Gazprom and Cycling Academy, they are backed by the least insanely wealthy oligarch.

    It’s a bit tough when they were the team who gave the best return to race organisers in terms of wins and race animation from their wildcards last year.
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