Irish team Aqua Blue Sport celebrate their first Grand Tour with a new kit

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Aqua Blue Sport have unveiled a new team strip ahead of their first ever Grand Tour appearance at this year’s Vuelta a España, starting on August 19.

The Irish UCI Professional Continental team were handed a wildcard place at the Vuelta, and have revealed a new white and gold jersey design to mark the occasion, rather than the team’s regular blue top.

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Vermarc Sport created the special kit for the team, which will only be used during the Vuelta, and specified a lightweight fabric to help the riders in the expected hot conditions of the race.

“We are all incredibly honoured to be taking part in La Vuelta and to mark the occasion we have decided to make a one off white jersey,” said Aqua Blue Sport general manager, Stephen Moore.

“Our gold chevron, so visible in this year’s peloton, will remain an integral part of our jersey and the blue will be there in the shorts.

Aqua Blue Sport’s new kit for 2017 Vuelta a España

“With the bright reflective quality of the white there is also the added benefit for the riders to deal with the high heat of Spain in August.

“We are really looking forward to showing our new colours and don’t worry the blue and gold will be back for the rest of the season.”

Promotional photos for the new kit show it being modelled by British rider Adam Blythe.

Blythe is on the provisional long-list roster for the team’s nine-man squad for the race alongside Mark Christian, Stefan Denifl, Aaron Gate, Lasse Norman Hansen, Michel Kreder, Lars Petter Nordhaug, Larry Warbasse, Conor Dunne and Peter Koning.

The 2017 Vuelta a España starts in Nîmes, France, on Saturday, August 19 and finishes in Madrid on Sunday, September 10.