American rider Larry Warbasse delivered newly formed Irish team, Aqua Blue’s first ever World Tour stage win at the Tour de Suisse. Larry was the lone surviving rider from a four-man break away after going solo early on the final climb at Villars-sur-Ollon.
An emotional Warbasse stated “As soon as I got in the breakaway (I knew I could win) – I told everyone yesterday, I worked really hard the whole last season – I always give 110%, I’m just so happy it finally paid off” The stage win also happened to be Warbasse’s first professional victory as he held off BMC’s Damiano Caruso by 40 seconds.
Aqua Blue Sport have been an active Pro-Continental team since their racing debut in January at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race but up until this win they had not yet won a stage of the World Tour. Team owner Rick Delaney, stated that this win was a culmination of the team’s aggressive racing tactics and was full of praise for his rider
We have been in almost every break in every race we have started but to get one to stick on a day like today on a climb like today. For Larry it is an amazing moment to take his first win. His focus and determination and phenomenal work ethic – he had clear emotion today and it was magnificent to be there to share it with him.
Larry Warbasse is one of the hardest working pro’s out there and it’s great to see his work pay off, hopefully this is only the beginning for Aqua Blue Sport!