Damiano Caruso: Maybe it was a mistake to follow Simon Yates but I had to do it

Damiano Caruso stage 19 at the Giro d'Itaila
Damiano Caruso stage 19 at the Giro d'Itaila (Image credit: Getty Images)

For a moment, Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) dared to go where he insisted he could not on this Giro d’Italia. A little over six kilometres from the summit of Alpe di Mera, Simon Yates careered from the front group and there was no reaction from Egan Bernal or his Ineos Grenadiers team. Caruso looked once, thought twice, and then decided to go for it.

His unzipped jersey flapping open, Caruso pressed his way across the gap to Yates and earlier attacker João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep), bringing George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) with him. This quartet opened a lead of a dozen seconds over Bernal, and for a dizzying couple of minutes, one wondered if Caruso might end the afternoon in the maglia rosa.

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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.