Damiano Caruso eager to keep believing after moving up to third at Giro d'Italia

MONTALCINO ITALY MAY 19 Alberto Bettiol of Italy and Team EF Education Nippo Hugh Carthy of United Kingdom and Team EF Education Nippo Damiano Caruso of Italy and Team Bahrain Victorious during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 12 a 162km stage from Perugia to Montalcino 554m Gravel Strokes Dust girodiitalia UCIworldtour Giro on May 19 2021 in Montalcino Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Damiano Caruso (centre Bahrain Victorious rider) sits on his teammate's wheel in the Bernal group during stage 11 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Damiano Caruso has spent most of his career working for his leaders, both on and off the road. In years past, on those days when men like Vincenzo Nibali or Tejay van Garderen preferred to avoid the media scrum and head straight for the sanctuary of the team bus, the amiable Caruso could usually be relied upon to stop to give interviews on their behalf.

Midway through this Giro d’Italia, however, Caruso finds himself in the alien position of being flagged down to talk about himself. After another smooth display on the rocky road to Montalcino on stage 11, the Bahrain Victorious rider moved up to third place overall, 1:12 behind maglia rosa Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and ahead of a number of lofty names.

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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.