Damiano Caruso: The Invisible Man

This man is having the race of his life. After three low-key top 10 placings (one in each race) in Grand Tours, he is just one bad accident for Bernal away from winning the Giro at a mature age of 33. That will probably not happen but I have to say that I am very surprised by his level - and I guess the fact that he has no thread proves that I am not the only one.

In the old BMC days he often obtained good GC results in week-long stage races through a brilliant TTT and then a decent if unspectacular defense in the mountains. But this time, his result is completely his own. And to think that he was only supposed to be a domestique for Landa. They could have formed quite a formidable duo which would have made the race infinitely more interesting.

Judging by his previous GC attempts in Grand Tours, it does not seem likely that he will fade in the third week, so I think his second place looks quite solid. Which would be great for him but also for the unfortunate team who lost three riders (including their most important one) quite early in the race.
 
Last year he finished tenth in the Tour and the world championship after hardly being noticeable during the race. He's the specialist of regularity, always coming just behind the best GC riders. Sometimes he wears a helper's shirt as camouflage.

Today he moved to the second place in the Giro in a stage that hardly got any live coverage. The Invisible Man is doing it again. He needs to get his own thread in case something happens to Bernal. Any opinions, any fans?
 
I remember that he was already surprisingly strong as a domestique in last year's Tour, at least in the third week. He was also a few minutes better than Valverde who was the next best "domestique" in GC. But still, he was 5 minutes away from 9th place in the end, so this is definitely surprising.
 
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Any opinions, any fans?
He is always there when it is important in this Giro and shows great consistency. It feels like he's been part of pro cycling for ages. Things are looking pretty good for the podium for him now. He does not show any weakness at all. That would be a great success. However, some mountains are still to come.

Rolf Aldag already praised him in the first week. Caruso would be a very pleasant person, always looking relaxed and being focused, said the german sport director.
 
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It's sad that Bahrain had so much bad luck this Giro, because their team would be banging in the 3rd week.
True!
With Landa we would have much more fun in the mountains and the classement
With Mäder we might would have seen a great challenger for the mountain jersey who already won a stage.
And Mohoric is Mohoric, simple a great dom.

They really came with a strong team. That's why it's so nice and well deserved that Caruso is still there and holds the flags high.
 
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Happy for him and for Italy. It's great that they have someone to cheer for to get a podium since Ciccone looks unlikely to deliver that, at least for now.

I must admit I would have never thought that he could make it onto the podium of the Giro, ever. Reminds me a bit of Peraud who also rode an outstanding race being older than your usual podium first timers, and taking the chance that was presented to him in a weakened field.

Definitely cheering for him to make the podium in Milano.
 
Pretty good, he's a solid TTer. Last year he finished 7th in the final TT of the Tour and in 2019 he finished 4th in the final TT of the Giro.
Both of those did include some climbing. In a flat ITT, 20th place or there abouts is probably a more accurate estimate.
With the current time gaps, his second place should be secure though.

He has always been a great helper for others, and he has also showed that he isn't a bad GC contender himself either.
If he reaches the podium here, it would be a great result both for him and for his very unfortunate team. And a podium without an Italian rider, would also be a bit sad.
 
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Super solid rider. Cassani always praises him because he's consistent and trustworthy. I never really warmed up to him until the Tokyo Olympics where he did a great work for Nibali. I'm not entirely sure he can handle the multimountain stages at the end of week 3 (if they take place) but he can gain a lot of time in the TT on someone like Bardet and Ciccone.
 
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