Caruso flies under the radar to sit second at the Dauphine

09 June 2018 08:48
With the Critérium du Dauphiné shining a spotlight, as it always does, on many of the Tour de France contenders, there’s one rider who seems to have been missed in the glare. Damiano Caruso, who’ll be a domestique for Richie Porte next month, is sitting second overall with two stages to go. The Italian’s excellent performance has happened almost by stealth. As BMC Racing directeur sportif Max Sciandri told Cyclingnews in Valmorel, “We’re tucked in quiet, under the radar”. Caruso will be used as a support rider in July but he also has proven stage race track record of his own, notably in week-long races. This year he was second at Tirreno-Adriatico and last year he was second at the Tour de Suisse. He has finished in the top 10 at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España.ADVERTISEMENT Here at the Dauphiné, after a solid prologue, he put himself into the overall picture thanks to BMC’s second place in the stage 3 team time trial, where they lost 38 seconds to Sky but put 20 or so into most of the other GC teams. After finishing with the main group of favourites on the first summit finish of the race at Lans-en-Vercors on Thursday, Caruso took seventh place on the more difficult final climb to Valmorel on stage 5. “It was another good day for me, and for the team,” Caruso said. “The guys did a good job, always putting me in a good position before the climb. I tried to do my best, and in the end I think it’s a good result. I’m happy.” A good result, an achievable goal You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

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