Races are often a good way to bring the cycling community together. In the case of big-time events like the Tour de France or the ongoing Vuelta a España, they can even turn out an entire country for several weeks of wholesome fun and national pride.
The massive crowds and enthusiasm make incidents like what happened to the Aqua Blue Sport pro cycling team on Thursday all the more unfortunate.
According to the Irish team’s Twitter account, an arsonist set its team bus ablaze overnight in the Spanish city of Almería. Four photos posted online show the extent of the damage, which looks pretty grisly. Much of the back of the bus burned away, with the rear interior filled with charred debris:
— Aqua Blue Sport (@AquaBlueSport) August 31, 2017
Spanish police heard a report of the arson at 1:30 a.m. and arrested a suspect almost three hours later, according to the newspaper El Mundo. The suspect allegedly set three other fires around the same time. No word yet on a motive.
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This year is the Aqua Blue team’s first at Vuelta, having earned a wildcard spot on the Grand Tour. Its lineup includes U.S. rider Larry Warbasse and former British champion Adam Blythe. The team has told reporters that it plans on continuing the race despite the attack.
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