Damiano Caruso 'thought about a thousand things' in final metres before taking Giro d'Italia stage 20

The Italian proclaims himself 'the happiest man in the world' after magnificient performance on penultimate stage

Damiano Caruso on stage 19 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Getty)

While a final podium featuring Egan Bernal and Simon Yates was expected before the start in Turin three weeks ago, the inclusion of Damiano Caruso is reminiscent of last year's Giro d'Italia, when Tao Geogheghan Hart (Ineos Grenadiers) and Jai Hindley (DSM) were the unexpected riders breaking into the top three after their team leaders either fell short or literally came off their bikes at the Italian Grand Tour.

For Bahrain-Victorious, things couldn't have looked worse when Mikel Landa crashed out in the first week, especially considering how strong he'd looked in the opening swipes he'd delivered to his GC rivals. Instead, Damiano Caruso took the opportunity of a career to quietly ride himself up the GC as the highest-finishing Italian, flying under the radar as attention lingered on more popular homegrown talents such as Trek-Segafredo's Giulio Ciccone.

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