Aussie star Caleb Ewan joins AquaBlue riders for coffee spin in Cork

Posted on: March 19th, 2016

Orica-GreenEdge rider Caleb Ewan, centre, paid a visit to well-known coffee shop Café Velo in Cork this morning. The Australian is visiting friend Rick Delaney – owner of the Aqua Blue team – who are based in the city. Above, Ewan posing for a shot with the AquaBlue lads outside the café. He also rode with them.

 

By Brian Canty

On a break from racing at the moment, Australian sprinting sensation Caleb Ewan availed of the opportunity to do some warm-weather training by joining Aqua Blue owner and close friend rick Delaney in Cork today, Saturday.

The Orica-GreenEdge rider hooked up with other members of the Cork-based team for a 70-kilometre training ride this morning, stopping for a couple of obligatory coffees along the way.

Timmy Barry was among those in attendance and he said: “He’d be a close friend of Rick and is on a bit of a break from racing at the moment so he said he’d come to Cork for a few days.

“He was a cool dude, down to earth and rather quiet but a very nice guy.

“He misplaced his leg-warmers on the trip over from Monaco though, so probably got a bit of a shock. But he wasn’t long warming up!”

Barry, along with Sean Lacey, Conor Hennebry, Mark O’Callaghan, Maurice Lawlor, John Horgan and the aforementioned Delaney all headed out for a spin with the 21-year old Vuelta A Espana stage winner and reigning national crit champion.

It’s not the first time a top professional rider has rocked up in Cork for a coffee, mind.

Last October, we brought you a story of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) also visiting the shop.

 

Ewan joined the Aquablue chain gang. Wonder did anybody half-wheel him?

Have a look at the angle on that SRM!

Aqua Blue owner Rick Delaney and close friend Caleb Ewan were in Cork this morning for a spot of training. The latter is one of the most talked-about sprinters at the moment and already has a Vuelta A Espana stage win to his palmares.

The Aqua Blue team have already filled their roster for Kerry Group Rás Mumhan but they do have a very useful reserve rider should anything happen in the meantime. He might survive the climbs but would Caleb Ewan survive the cold next weekend?

 

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