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Warbasse becomes latest Aqua Blue rider to land WorldTour contract

Posted on: September 13th, 2018

Larry Warbasse contract AG2R-La Mondiale

Larry Warbasse was a very popular member of Aqua Blue Sport. And now the former American champion has landed a deal with AG2R-La Mondiale.

 

Larry Warbasse signs contract with AG2R-La Mondiale

 

Having become one of the favourite riders with Aqua Blue Sport over the last couple of seasons, Larry Warbasse has secured a WorldTour contract with AG2R-La Mondiale.

The news follows Eddie Dunbar signing for Team Sky and Casper Pedersen securing a berth with Team Sunweb.

Both were Aqua Blue Sport riders when the team collapsed suddenly last month after just over 1½ years in the sport.

Former US champion Warbasse took two of Aqua Blue Sport’s biggest wins; a stage of the Tour de Suisse and the US title, both last year.

When the Irish ProContinental team collapsed he took the news with characteristic good humour; initially expressing his shock and then taking off bike packing with Conor Dunne for a week.

Their NoGo Tour endeared them to fans and now his securing a place at the highest level of the sport will be welcomed by fans everywhere.

Surprisingly, Larry Warbasse is his new French team’s first US rider. He said he was very excited about the move, on a one-year contract.

 

Larry Warbasse contract AG2R-La Mondiale

Captain America: Warbasse’s kit was one of the nicest in the pro peloton, though the bike was not a success (Photo: Karen M Edwards)

 

“This is a great team, one of the best in the world, with a long and beautiful history,” he said.

“And I want to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. I live in Nice and I will use it to continue to immerse myself in French culture.

“I already know some riders with whom I have good relations in the peloton,” he said of his new team mates.

 

Larry Warbasse hopes for 2019

“I’m a pretty complete rider, both a climber and a rouleur. I hope I can contribute to some more victories.

“I’ll do my best to find my place, be a good teammate, enjoy the chance to ride for Romain Bardet or Oliver Naesen. And I’ll seize the opportunities for my own victories that may arise.”

Team principal Vincent Lavenu said everyone was glad to have Warbasse on board.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to include Larry in our squad for 2019,” he said.

“He is a very good rider who has been the US champion. He will be able to stay with the best climbers in difficult races.

“Larry is the first American rider ever to join our team. We are happy to continue this internationalising our team.”

 

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