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Ireland's Aqua Blue narrowly miss out on stage victory at the Vuelta à Espana

Nicolas Roche is fifth in the GC after Sunday’s second stage.

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IRELAND’S AQUA BLUE Sport narrowly missed out on a maiden stage victory on day two of the Vuelta à Espana on Sunday.

British rider Adam Blythe was third in the sprint finish to Gruissan, beaten to the line by the Quick-Step Floors duo of Yves Lampert and Matteo Trentin.

Aqua Blue, founded by Cork-born businessman Rick Delaney, are the first Irish team to compete at one of cycling’s Grand Tour events: the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, and Vuelta.

Nicolas Roche is fifth in the general classification after two stages, 17 seconds behind Lampert who holds the red jersey.

Roche finished today’s 203km stage in 42nd place.

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