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Ready to race Eddie Dunbar in new Aqua Blue Sport kit

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018

cyclist Eddie Dunbar Aqua Blue Sport

Cyclist Eddie Dunbar in the blue and gold of Irish-registered team Aqua Blue Sport. He says he’s looking forward to staying injury-free and getting a good year under his belt (All photos by Karen Edwards)

 

Irish cyclist Eddie Dunbar in new Aqua Blue Sport kit

 

Emerging Irish cyclist Eddie Dunbar has said his main goal in 2018 is to stay injury-free and race frequently.

The 21-year-old has been unveiled today in the kit of his new team Aqua Blue Sport.

He comes to the ProContinental team after two seasons with Axeon Hagens Berman.

And though last year was cut very short after he sustained concussion at the Baby Giro in June, he had won the U23 Tour of Flanders in April.

This is his fourth season as an U23 and his third riding the international circuit in Europe.

In 2015, his first year out of the juniors, he rode for UK team NFTO.

 

cyclist Eddie Dunbar Aqua Blue Sport

Eddie Dunbar, Casper Pedersen and Shane Archbold.

 

“For me as a young Irish rider the ability to join an Irish team appealed to me,” he said.

“I’m passionate about promoting cycling in Ireland and when the opportunity came to race with Aqua Blue Sport it ticked all the boxes for me.

“In 2018 my primary goals are to stay injury-free and to get a good year of racing under my belt.

“I’m going to go into every race and give it my best – whether that’s helping the team win races or taking opportunities for myself.”

“I’m just looking forward to getting started,” added the Banteer man.

He is now riding with a team with some of its origins in his native Cork.

Aqua Blue Sport owner and sponsor Rick Delaney is originally from the Rebel County.

 

cyclist Eddie Dunbar Aqua Blue Sport

Ready to go: Eddie Dunbar is an exciting young prospect for the years ahead.

 

Dunbar is one of three new signings with the team. He joins alongside Kiwi Shane Archbold (28) and Casper Pederson.

A 21-year-old Dane, Pederson comes to the team already with major achievements to his name.

Those accolades include the European U23 road race title, which he currently holds.

He also won a stage of Flèche du Sud last year and the Tour of Denmark.

He said he wanted to learn all he could this year and to take any chances that might come his way.

Archbold has endured a testing couple of seasons due to injury. However, he returned late in the 2017 season and helped Sam Bennett win stages at the Tour of Turkey.

He joins from the Bora-hansgrohe team to become part of the lead-out for Adam Blythe.

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