Damiano Caruso stays in podium contention at Giro d’Italia

MONTE ZONCOLAN ITALY MAY 22 Damiano Caruso of Italy and Team Bahrain Victorious Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers at arrival during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 14 a 205km stage from Cittadella to Monte Zoncolan 1730m UCIworldtour girodiitalia Giro on May 22 2021 in Monte Zoncolan Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) fighting to the finish on the Zoncolan (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Damiano Caruso laughed. The toughest opponent on Monte Zoncolan wasn’t Egan Bernal or Simon Yates, he said past the finish line, but the relentless slopes of the mountain itself. The Sicilian had entered stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia expecting to concede ground to more explosive riders and so it proved, but he withstood their onslaught better than anyone else to remain third in the overall standings. 

“They’re certainly not gradients suited to me but despite that, I managed the situation well,” Caruso said. “On that kind of climb, it didn’t make much of a difference if you held the wheel in front or not, and I managed to go up at my own pace, and I think that was the right choice.”

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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.