Giro d’Italia stage 19 analysis: Damiano Caruso closes in on podium

Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia
Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

Like the majority of riders in the Giro d’Italia this May, Damiano Caruso came to the race not with the intention of riding for himself, but for his Bahrain Victorious team leader. Having been a loyal domestique throughout his career, it was a role he knew well, and of the 14 Grand Tour starts of his career so far, most had come in the service of someone else. 

In his first start, at the 2011 Vuelta a España, Caruso was riding for Vincenzo Nibali. A year later he was at the Giro riding for Ivan Basso. The majority of the Tours de France he rode during his four years at BMC were to back up Richie Porte or Tejay van Garderen. 

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Sophie Hurcom is Procycling’s deputy editor. She joined the magazine in 2017, after working at Cycling Weekly where she started on work experience before becoming a sub editor, and then news and features writer. Prior to that, she graduated from City University London with a Masters degree in magazine journalism. Sophie has since reported from races all over the world, including multiple  Tours de France, where she was thrown in at the deep end by making her race debut in 2014 on the stage that Chris Froome crashed out on the Roubaix cobbles.