Wednesday 13 December 2017

Breakthrough victory for Irish team Aqua Blue

Larry Warbasse crosses the finish line today
Larry Warbasse crosses the finish line today

Ciarán Lennon

Irish cycling team Aqua Blue Sport claimed their first professional victory with Larry Warbasse winning today’s Stage 4 of the prestigious Tour de Suisse.

The American rider was the sole survivor of a four-man breakaway, which attacked 14km into the 143km stage from Bern to Villars-sur-Ollon, and managed to hold on after going clear on the final climb to record the biggest victory of his career.

After tackling the first category Col de Mosses, the breakaway hit the final Hors category climb up to Villars-sur-Ollon with over four minutes of an advantage over the peloton but Warbasse quickly pulled clear on the opening slopes.

While the rest of his breakaway companions were absorbed by the general classification contenders, the Aqua Blue rider crossed the line 40 seconds ahead of Damiano Caruso (BMC), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) to end the team’s wait for a breakthrough victory.

“It’s my first victory in my career - it’s amazing,” said an emotional Warbasse.

His Danish team-mate Lasse Norman Hansen was also on the podium after retaining his lead in the mountains classification while Caruso takes over the overall race lead, 15 seconds ahead of Kruijswijk.

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