Aqua Blue Sport optimistic about Vuelta stage win chances after Adam Blythe's near-miss

The Irish team will continue to look for opportunities in their debut Grand Tour after Adam Blythe goes close on Vuelta a España stage two

Aqua Blue Sport team ahead of the 2017 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Although Aqua Blue sprinter Adam Blythe said he was disappointed after finishing third on the opening road stage of the Vuelta a España in Gruissan, the general feeling among his team-mates and the management of the Irish squad was upbeat.

It’s always a tough task for Pro Conti teams to make an impact when stepping up to a Grand Tour for the first time, and sports director Nicki Sorensen said his riders should be proud of their performance on the Vuelta’s second day.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.