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Aqua Blue Sport Bus Attacked By Arsonist at Vuelta

01 Septembre 2017

A MAN has been arrested after an Irish cycling team's bus was "destroyed" in an arson attack last night.

Fortunately, nobody was injured in the blaze, which has caused extensive damage to the bus.

Spanish police arrested a suspect at the scene.

The 2017 Vuelta was the debut Grand Tour for the up-and-coming Aqua Blue team, who received a wildcard into the event.

"We're in contact with our sponsors and our equipment providers and we hope that they'll be able to help us out with some other equipment", he told Radio Sport.

Aqua Blue Sport Bus Attacked By Arsonist at Vuelta
Aqua Blue Sport Bus Attacked By Arsonist at Vuelta

The team posted photos on social media showing the rear of the bus was gutted by the fire in Almeria.

At the time of the fire, the team and Aqua Sport staff were inside their hotel in Almeria, Spain. The bus was parked on an adjoining street of Trevesia de San Luis.

A mattress had been placed underneath the bus in the early hours of yesterday and set alight, it said. But as of Thursday afternoon, police had not released the suspect's identity, nor indicated what may have prompted the vandalism.

He added: "We would like to extend our gratitude to the Fire Service and the Police for their help during this hard time".

Race organsisers have provided the team with a 52-seat coach to enable them to get to the start of today's Stage 12 from Motril to Antequera.

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Aqua Blue Sport Bus Attacked By Arsonist at Vuelta