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Aqua Blue team bus "completely damaged" in arson attack at Vuelta, other teams offer support

Police have arrested man suspected of setting fire to bus in Almeria overnight

The team bus belonging to Irish UCI Professional Continental outfit Aqua Blue has been "completely damaged" in an overnight arson attack in Almeria, Spain, where the team is making its Grand Tour debut in the Vuelta.

The team tweeted pictures of the damage this morning, and said that police had taken a suspect into custody. They confirmed that no-one had been injured.

Other teams have been expressing their support, offering to provide whatever help is needed.

In a statement, the team said: “At approximately 1.20am on 31st August, 2017 the Aqua Blue Sport Team Bus was completely gutted in a cowardly arson attack.

“The incident happened outside the Tryp Indalo Hotel in Almeria where the team were staying over night. The bus was parked on an adjoining street of Trevesia de San Luis.

“A mattress was placed under the rear of the vehicle and set alight. A suspect was arrested by local police near the scene and is currently in custody.

“As this is an active investigation we will not be releasing any further information. We would like to extend our gratitude to the Fire Service and the Police for their help during this difficult time. We would also like to thank Unipublic and ASO for their assistance.”

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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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brooksby | 12197 posts | 6 years ago

I'd be looking for a squadron of x-wings (or was that the Sky team bus...?)

don simon fbpe | 3234 posts | 6 years ago

The assumption being that a serial arsonist has an ounce of rational thought in his head.  1

1961BikiE | 416 posts | 6 years ago
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Nice one Don. But surely setting fire to your own bed is cutting off your nose to spite your face.  3

Makes you wonder what it's all about. Was Adam Boulton spotted in the vicinity?

don simon fbpe | 3234 posts | 6 years ago

I'd probably do the same if someone parked their sodding bus over my bed.

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