Aqua Blue Sport team bus damaged in arson attack at Vuelta a España
Aug 31 2017 11:43 am CET

Aqua Blue Sport team bus damaged in arson attack at Vuelta a España
Aqua Blue Sport team bus damaged in arson attack at Vuelta a España
Photo of the Aqua Blue Sport bus © Mary Cárdenas /

The team bus of Irish team Aqua Blue Sport has been damaged in an arson attack ahead of the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España.

The Professional Continental formation was staying at a hotel in the southern Spanish region of Almeria when someone placed a mattress under the rear and set it alight, severely damaging the back of the vehicle.

"At approximately 1.20am on 31st August, 2017 the Aqua Blue Sport Team Bus was completely gutted in a cowardly arson attack," the team said in a press statement. "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."

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The bus, which many considered one of the nicest looking team buses at the Vuelta a España, was bought from Tinkoff at the end of last season.

To get to the start of the 12th stage in Motril, Aqua Blue Sport will use a 52-seater bus provided by the race organiser.

Update 21:10 CET

Portuguese team LA Aluminios is willing to temporarily provide a team bus for Aqua Blue Sport to use during the remainder of the Vuelta.


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