Caruso: Even if you're really good all you can do is follow Team Sky
29 December 2017 11:00
?Damiano Caruso is well versed in fighting against the odds but the Italian admits that he and his BMC Racing teammates are really up against it when they take on Team Sky in the Grand Tours. Caruso can often be found near the front of the peloton in the mountains, marshaling his leader, Richie Porte, against a tide of Team Sky riders. At the 2017 Tour de France, Caruso was often Porte’s last line of defense before a crash took the Australian out of the race on stage 9. "I’m a Juventus fan, so to compare, Team Sky are like Barcelona or PSG," Caruso told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "Then maybe BMC are like Juventus. We’re good, we’re close to the best, but I’ll be honest, we’re not the best team in the big tours. That’s Team Sky. "It’s clear but there are many reasons, like budget. If you look at the nine riders they have at the Tour this year, what are the salaries? Maybe 15-20 million Euro. It means that if we make a mistake, it’s over. We can’t afford to do that. We saw this year what happened. Okay it wasn’t a mistake and what happened with Richie was an accident but it showed that we don’t have a second card to play with. With Team Sky, we’ve seen that they don’t make mistakes. Whether that’s luck or not, I don’t know." Porte will lead the line once again for BMC Racing at the Tour de France in 2018, with Caruso acting as his loyal lieutenant. Tejay van Garderen will be deployed to help in the mountains but the Italian climber is well aware of the challenge they face. In recent years Team Sky have suffocated the life out of the Tour and, regardless of what happens with Chris Froome’s future, they are likely to still arrive at the race with a stacked team.
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