Damiano Caruso: Cycling isn't only about winning and that's a story worth telling

Damiano Caruso was on a good day. He had sensed it before the start in Lovere and believed it when he made the early break on the Passo della Presolana. He knew it for certain when he was one of only three men left out in front come the upper reaches of the Mortirolo. The truism says that climbers don't suffer less, they merely suffer faster, and Caruso saw that he was making as much haste as anyone through this particular agony of double-digit gradients.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.