Ex-Aqua Blue riders still owed ‘thousands’

UCI bank guarantee not enough to cover outstanding debts of the former team

Aqua Blue’s former riders
and staff are still in the red (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

(Image credit: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Riders and staff from the Aqua Blue team are still owed “thousands” six months after the team folded as the UCI continues to pursue the team’s backers for cash.

The UCI holds a bank guarantee for all WorldTour and Pro Continental teams to cover the pay for riders and staff in the event of a team folding.

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